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Dans ton cœur dort un clair de lune

Language: French (Français)

Dans ton cœur dort un clair de lune,
Un doux clair de lune d'été,
[Et loin de]1 la vie importune,
Je me [viens perdre en]2 ta clarté.

J'oublierai les douleurs passées,
Mon amour, quand tu berceras
Mon triste cœur et mes pensées
Dans le calme aimant de tes bras.

Tu prendras ma tête malade,
Oh ! [certain soir sur]3 tes genoux,
Et lui diras une ballade
Qui semblera parler de nous ;

Et dans tes yeux pleins de tristesse,
Dans tes yeux alors je boirai
Tant de baisers et de tendresses
Que peut-être je guérirai.

Translation(s): DUT ENG GER SPA

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Confirmed with L'Illusion, troisième édition, Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1893, p. 16.

1 Duparc, Saint-Saëns: "Et pour fuir"
2 Duparc, Saint-Saëns: "noierai dans"
3 Duparc, Saint-Saëns: "quelquefois, sur"

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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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Marike Lindhout) , "In je hart slaapt een maanlicht", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright ©
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nele Gramß) , "Das traurige Lied", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Xavier Rivera) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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In your heart moonlight lies dormant

Language: English after the French (Français)

In your heart moonlight lies dormant,
A gentle moonlight of summer;
And [far from]1 the troubles of life,
I will [lose]2 myself in your brightness.

I will forget past griefs,
My love, when you rock
My unhappy heart and my thoughts
In the loving tranquility of your arms.

You will lay my anxious head,
Oh! - [some evenings]3 - upon your lap,
And you will utter to it a ballad
That will seem to speak of us;

And from your eyes so full of sadness,
From your eyes I will then drink
So many kisses and so much tenderness
That perhaps at last I will be healed.

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Translation of title "Chanson triste" = "Sad song"

1 Duparc, Saint-Saëns: "to flee from"
2 Duparc, Saint-Saëns: "drown"
3 Duparc, Saint-Saëns: "sometimes"


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  • a text in French (Français) by Henri Cazalis (1840 - 1909), as Jean Lahor, "Chanson triste", appears in L'Illusion, in 1. Chants de l'Amour et de la Mort, first published 1875 DUT GER SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Albert Bertelin, Charles Bordes, Édouard Desmangles, Henri Duparc, Émile Naoumoff, Charles Camille Saint-Saëns, Johann Heinrich Samuel "Marcel" Sulzberger. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2015-01-26 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-01-26 10:27:55

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