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Chanson pour Avril

Language: French (Français)

Toute la nuit la pluie légère
A glissé par jets et par bonds.
Viens respirer au bois profond
L'odeur de la verdure amère.

Ton coeur est triste, morne et las,
Comme la naissante journée.
Elle sera bientôt fanée,
L'amoureuse odeur des lilas.

Aujourd'hui l'âme apitoyée
Sent pleurer son vague tourment.
Viens écouter l'égouttement
Des feuilles mortes et mouillées.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Geoffrey Wieting


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: "Song for April", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-09-03 00:16:51

Line count: 12
Word count: 58

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Song for April

Language: English after the French (Français)

All night long the light rain
Poured in gushes and spurts.
Come and breathe in the deep wood
The scent of the bitter greenery.

Your heart is sad, dejected and weary,
Like the dawning day.
It will soon fade,
That loving scent of the lilacs.

Today the soul moved to pity
Feels the weeping of its vague torment.
Come and hear the drips falling
From the dead and wet leaves.

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Text added to the website: 2008-01-21 00:00:00.

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