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Sonnet d'automne

Language: French (Français)

Ah ! l'automne vient aux amours comme aux années !
On a beau n'y pas croire et ne l'attendre pas,
La navrante saison arrive pas à pas
Et se fait un bouquet de nos heures [glanées]1.

Dans sa robe flottante aux nuances fanées,
Faite de velours rouge et de rouge lampas,
Sa chair de fruits trop mûrs garde encor des appas ;
Mais sa bouche a l'odeur des pâles solanées.

Ses grands yeux sont brouillés comme un ciel orageux.
Orgueilleuse, méchante et folle, elle a pour jeux
De tuer les oiseaux et d'arracher les feuilles.

Ô mauvaise saison, semeuse de remords,
Te voilà donc ! Bientôt, pour peu que tu le veuilles,
Tous mes bois seront nus et tous mes oiseaux morts.

Translation(s): ENG ITA

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Confirmed with Les caresses, Nouvelle Édition, Paris, G. Charpentier, [no date], pages 147-148.

1 misprinted as "glacées" (frozen) in Lemoine's edition. Vierne's manuscript orchestral score (located in the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris) shows "glanées".

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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Corinne Orde) , title 1: "Autumn Sonnet", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Francesco Campanella) , title 1: "Sonetto d' autunno", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-11-23 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-01-12 17:58:40

Line count: 14
Word count: 122

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Autumn Sonnet

Language: English after the French (Français)

Ah! Autumn comes to our loves as it does to our years!
However much we try not to believe or expect it,
The vexing season arrives, step by step,
And becomes a bouquet of our gleaned hours.

In its floating dress of faded hues,
Made of red velvet and red damask,
Its flesh of over-ripe fruit still has lures,
But its mouth has the smell of pale sun-flowers.

Its large eyes are clouded, like a stormy sky.
Selfish, cunning and mad, it plays
At killing birds and ripping off leaves.

O bad season, sower of remorse,
Here you are, then. Soon, whether you like it or not,
All my woods will be bare and all my birds dead.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Jean Richepin (1849 - 1926), "Sonnet d'automne", written 1877, appears in Les Caresses, in 3. Brumaire, no. 1, Paris, Éd. M. Dreyfous, first published 1882 ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Louis Vierne. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-11-23 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:31

Line count: 14
Word count: 118