by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Laura Claycomb, Peter Grunberg

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CHI ENG GER
Pierrot, qui n'a rien d'un Clitandre,
Vide un flacon sans plus attendre,
Et, pratique, entame un pâté.

Cassandre, au fond de l'avenue,
Verse une larme méconnue
Sur son neveu déshérité.

Ce faquin d'Arlequin combine
L'enlèvement de Colombine
Et pirouette quatre fois.

Colombine rêve, surprise
De sentir un cœur dans la brise
Et d'entendre en son cœur des voix.


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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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "啞劇", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Claycomb) (Peter Grunberg) , "Pantomime", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "Pantomime", written 2002, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "Pantomime", written c2005, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Ingrid Schmithüsen) , "Pantomime", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:53
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Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Pierrot, who is nothing like Clitandre,
empties a bottle without ado,
and, ever practical, cuts into a pâté.

Cassandre, at the end of the avenue,
sheds an concealed tear
for his disinherited nephew.

That impertinent Harlequin schemes
the adbuction of Columbine
and whirls around four times.

Columbine dreams, surprised
at feeling a heart in the breeze
and at hearing voices in her heart.


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Text added to the website: 2007-10-25 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:29
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