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L'heure du berger

Language: French (Français)

La lune est rouge au brumeux horizon;
Dans un brouillard qui danse, la prairie
S'endort fumeuse, et la grenouille crie
Par les joncs verts où circule un frisson.

Les fleurs des eaux referment leurs corolles;
Des peupliers profilent aux lointains
Droits et serrés, leurs spectres incertains;
Vers les buissons errent les lucioles;

Les chats-huants s'éveillent, et sans bruit
Rament l'air noir avec leurs ailes lourdes,
Et le zénith s'emplit de lueurs sourdes
Blanche, Vénus émerge, et c'est la Nuit.

Translation(s): CZE ENG GER HUN HUN

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Submitted by Corinne Orde


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 (Corinne Orde) , "The shepherd's hour", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Pierre Mathé) , "Die Schäferstunde", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "Pásztoróra", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "Pásztoróra", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-11-20.
Last modified: 2014-09-03 00:18:19
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Word count: 79

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The shepherd's hour

Language: English after the French (Français)

The moon is red on the misty horizon;
In a dancing fog the meadow
Falls asleep in a haze [lit. smokily], and the frog calls
Among the green rushes where a shiver circulates.

The water flowers close up their corollas;
Poplars are silhouetted in the distance,
Upright and bunched together, their spectres uncertain;
Towards1 the bushes roam the fireflies.

The owls awaken, and noislessly
Row through the black air with their heavy wings,
And the zenith fills with muffled glows.
White, Venus emerges, and it is Night.

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1 "Vers" can also mean "over by"


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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "L'heure du berger", written 1866, appears in Poèmes saturniens, in Paysages tristes, no. 6, Paris, Éd. Alphonse Lemerre, first published 1866 GER HUN HUN CZE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Charles Bordes, Reginald De Koven, Émile-Henri-J.-B. Defosse, dit Henry Defosse, Albert Doyen, Malcolm Drummond, Petr Eben, Thomas Alexandrovitch de Hartmann, Marguerite Marsa, Klaus Miehling, Jean-Frédéric Perrenoud, Guy Sacre, Louis Vierne, Philip Wilby. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-11-20.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:30
Line count: 12
Word count: 87