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Sois sage, ô ma Douleur, et tiens‑toi...

Language: French (Français)

Sois sage, ô ma Douleur, et tiens-toi plus tranquille; 
Tu réclamais le Soir: il descend, le voici:
Une atmosphère obscure enveloppe la ville,
Aux uns portant la paix, aux autres le souci.

[Pendant]1 que des mortels la multitude vile,
Sous le fouet du Plaisir, ce bourreau sans merci,
Va cueillir des remords dans la fête servile,
Ma Douleur, donne-moi la main; viens par ici,

Loin d'eux. Vois se pencher les défuntes Années,
Sur les balcons du ciel, en robes surannées.
[Surgir du fond des eaux le Regret souriant]2;

Le Soleil moribond s'endormir sous une arche;
Et, comme un long linceul traînant à l'Orient,
Entends, ma chère, entends la douce Nuit qui marche.

Translation(s): ENG ENG SPA

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A. Mellnäs sets stanza 4

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1 Vierne: "Tandis"
2 Vierne: "Surgir des fonds de l'eau le Regret souriant"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "Meditative calm", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Victor Torres) , "Recogimiento", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:20

Line count: 14
Word count: 112

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Meditative calm

Language: English after the French (Français)

 Behave yourself, oh my Pain, and be more tranquil.
 You asked for Evening - it is falling, it is here.
 An atmosphere of darkness envelops the city
 bringing peace to some and worry to others.
 Now while the base multitude of mortals,
 whipped on by Pleasure, that merciless tormentor,
 goes off to reap remorse in servile entertainments,
 give me your hand, my Pain, come this way
 far from them. Look, the dead Years are leaning
 at the sky's balconies, in outmoded dresses;
 from the river's depths Regret is rising with a smile;
 the moribund Sun is falling asleep under an arch.
 And like a long shroud trailing in from the East,
 listen, my dear, listen to the gentle Night approaching.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867), "Recueillement", appears in Les Fleurs du Mal, in Appendices, no. 13 SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Kees van Baaren, Jean-Guy Bailly, Marcel Bertrand, Charles Bordes, Antônio Francisco Braga, Gustave Bret, Marguerite Canal, Jean Chatillon, Claude Achille Debussy, Colette Delatour, Alphons Diepenbrock, Gustave Doret, Claude Duboscq, Luis de Freitas Branco, Antony Hopkins, Christophe Looten, Arne Mellnäs, Klaus Miehling, Xavier Perreau, Louis Vierne. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:20

Line count: 14
Word count: 121