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Un grand sommeil noir

Language: French (Français)

Un grand sommeil noir
Tombe sur ma vie :
Dormez, tout espoir,
Dormez, toute envie !

Je ne vois plus rien,
Je perds la mémoire
Du mal et du bien...
Ô la triste histoire !

Je suis un berceau
Qu'une main balance
Au creux d'un caveau :
Silence, silence !


Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG GER GER GER GER HUN HUN HUN RUS RUS RUS RUS SLO

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Originally titled Berceuse (Cellulairement, no. 8).


Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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

  • ENG English (Corinne Orde) , "A long black sleep", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "Egy álom", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

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A long black sleep

Language: English after the French (Français)

A long black sleep
Descends upon my life:
Sleep, all hope,
Sleep, all desire!

I can no longer see anything,
I am losing my remembrance
Of the bad and the good . . .
Oh, the sad story!

I am a cradle
That is rocked by a hand
In the depth of a vault.
Silence, silence!


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  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2008 by Corinne Orde, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), no title, written 1873, appears in Sagesse, in Sagesse III, no. 5, first published 1880 GER GER HUN RUS GER GER HUN HUN RUS RUS RUS SLO
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): José André, Georges Antoine, Max Arham, Louis Aubert, H. Baston-Couat, Armand Bernaert, François Berthet, Serge Bortkiewicz, Nadia Boulanger, Félix Bousquet, Marguerite Canal, Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, Pierre Chépélov, Suzanne Coquelin, André-Marie Cuvelier, Lucien Darras, Fidès Devriès, Albert Doyen, Blair Fairchild, Dirk Foch, Gérard Frasca, Marius-François Gaillard, Eduardo García Mansilla, Gabriel Grovlez, Arthur Honegger, André Jolivet, Léo Kok, Pavel Ivanovich Kovalev, Philippe Krawczyk, Guillaume Landré, Raoul Laparra, Charles-Hilaire Laurent, N. Lavenant, Arthur Vincent Lourié, Frédéric Michel, Michel-Francou, Klaus Miehling, Eugeniusz de Morawski, Jerzy Nawrocki, Carolus Dietmar Oberstadt, Norman Houston O'Neill, Héctor Panizza, Bernard Panouillot, Antonio Parera, Paule Perrin, Jeanne-Eugénie Philippon, A. Pollonnais, Marta Ptaszyńska, René Rabey, Maurice Ravel, Léo Sachs, Lazare Saminsky, Gustave Sandré, Sebastian Benson Schlesinger, Paul-Louis-Camille Schlosser, Hélène-Azuna Semama, dit H. Servoz, Ludwig-Wolfgang Simoni, Igor Stravinsky, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc, Paul Tortelier, Edgard Varèse, Louis Vierne, Axel Raoul Wachtmeister. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2008-01-16.
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