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Tristesse des choses

Language: French (Français)

La pierre était triste, en songeant au chêne
Qui libre et puissant croît au grand soleil,
[Du haut des rochers regarde la plaine]1,
[Et]2 frissonne et rit [quand l'air]3 est vermeil.

Le chêne était triste, en songeant aux bêtes
Qu'il voyait courir sous l'ombre des bois,
Aux cerfs bondissants [et dressant]4 leurs têtes,
Et [jetant]5 au ciel des éclats de voix.

La bête était triste, en songeant aux ailes
De l'aigle qui monte à travers le bleu
Boire la lumière à pleine prunelles...
Et l'homme était triste, en songeant à Dieu !

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Cui: "Lutte avec les vents que l'hiver déchaîne"
2 Cui: "Puis"
3 Cui: "sous l'été"
4 Cui: "qui dressaient"
5 Cui: "jetaient"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2009-10-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-10-28 13:20:22

Line count: 12
Word count: 92

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