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Calmes dans le demi‑jour

Language: French (Français)

Calmes dans le demi-jour
Que les branches hautes font,
Pénétrons bien notre amour
De ce silence profond.

[Fondons]1 nos âmes, nos cœurs
Et nos sens extasiés,
Parmi les vagues langueurs
Des pins et des arbousiers.

Ferme tes yeux à demi,
Croise tes bras sur ton sein,
Et de ton cœur endormi
Chasse à jamais tout dessein.

Laissons-nous persuader
Au souffle berceur et doux
Qui vient, à tes pieds, rider
Les ondes des gazons roux.

Et quand, solennel, le soir
Des chênes noirs tombera
Voix de notre désespoir,
Le rossignol chantera.


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1 Fauré: "Mêlons"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Anna Brull Piñol) , "Calms, dins el capvespre", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Muted", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Laura Claycomb) (Peter Grunberg) , "Muted", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) (Julie Nezami-Tavi) , copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Gedämpften Tons", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Απαλή αγάπη", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Pablo Sabat) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-05-23 13:39:06

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Language: English after the French (Français)

Calm in the half-light
That the high branches make,
Let us penetrate our love
With this profound silence.

Let us melt our souls together,
our hearts and our ecstatic senses,
Among the vague languors
Of the pine and strawberry trees.

Close your eyes half-way;
Fold your arms across your breast,
And from your sleepy heart
Drive away all cares forever.

Let us be persuaded
By the gentle, rocking wind,
That comes to your feet to ripple
The waves of russet grass.

And when solemnly the evening
Shall fall from the dark oaks,
Voice of our despair,
The nightingale will sing.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "En sourdine", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 21, first published 1869 CAT GER GER GER GRE SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Marie Bellenger, Paul Bonneau, Bertha Busine, Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, John Alden Carpenter, René Chansarel, Reine Colaço Osorio-Swaab, Félipe Comas, Gérard Condé, Suzanne Coquelin, Claude Achille Debussy, Fidès Devriès, Alphons Diepenbrock, André Dulaurens, Frédéric d'Erlanger, Baron, dit Regnal, Gabriel Fauré, Félix-Alfred Fourdrain, Philippe Gaubert, Hercule Gilles de Fontenailles, Reynaldo Hahn, Robert Herberigs, Hugo Herrmann, Clayton Johns, C. F. Karthaus, Louise Koster, Eugène-Émile Lacroix, Raoul Laparra, Sylvio Lazzari, né Josef Fortunat Silvester Lazzari, Xavier Henri Napoleon Leroux, Michel Maurice Lévy, dit Betove, Guy de Rougelot de Lioncourt, Charles Martin Tornov Loeffler, Gaston Marchet, Paul Michoudet, Hyppolyte Mirande, Marcel Noël, Héctor Panizza, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Irena Regina Poldowski, née Wieniawski, Léo Sachs, Gabriel de Saint-Quentin, Pierre Salet, Lazare Saminsky, Gaston Saux, P. Souhart, Marcel Stern, Jean.-P. Strauwen, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc, Marc Vaubourgouin, Bernard Wagenaar, Marguerite Wagnière. Go to the text.


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