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Je fais souvent ce rêve étrange et...

Language: French (Français)

Je fais [souvent]1 ce rêve étrange et pénétrant
D'une femme inconnue, et que j'aime, et qui m'aime,
Et qui n'est, chaque fois, ni tout à fait la même,
Ni tout à fait une autre, et m'aime, et me comprend.

Car elle me comprend, et mon coeur, transparent
Pour elle seule hélas cesse d'être un problème
Pour elle seule, et les moiteurs de mon front blême
Elle seule les sait rafraîchir, en pleurant.

Est-elle [brune, blonde]2 ou rousse? je l'ignore...
Son nom? je me souviens qu'il est doux et sonore,
Comme ceux des aimés que la Vie exila;

Son regard est pareil au regard des statues
Et, pour sa voix, lointaine, et calme et grave, elle a 
L'inflexion des voix chères qui se sont tues.


Translation(s): ENG GER ITA

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1 Bosmans: "parfois"
2 Bosmans: "blonde, brune"

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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962) , title 1: "Traum", title 2: "Mon rêve familier aus dem Französischen des Paul Verlaine", written 1901, first published <<1915 ENG ENG ITA ; composed by Laci Boldemann, Richard Czelinski, Willi Czernik, Artur Immisch, Richard Trunk.

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

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "My familiar dream", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ignazio Giacona) , "Il mio sogno familiare", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:53

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Word count: 124

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Ich träume wieder von der Unbekannten

Language: German (Deutsch) after the French (Français)

Ich träume wieder von der Unbekannten,
Die schon so oft im Traum vor mir gestanden.
Wir lieben uns, sie streicht das wirre Haar
Mir aus der Stirn mit Händen wunderbar.
 
Und sie versteht mein rätselhaftes Wesen
Und kann in meinem dunklen Herzen lesen.
Du fragst mich: Ist sie blond? Ich weiß es nicht.
Doch wie ein Märchen ist ihr Angesicht.
 
Und wie sie heißt? Ich weiß nicht. Doch es klingt
Ihr Name süß, wie wenn die Ferne singt-
Wie Eines Name, den du Liebling heißt
 
Und den du ferne und verloren weißt.
Und ihrer Stimme Ton ist dunkelfarben
Wie Stimmen von Geliebten, die uns starben.


Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Die Lyrik des Auslandes in neuerer Zeit, ed. Hans Bethge, Leipzig: Max Hesses Verlag, 1907, pages 194-195, under the title "Traum."

Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, pages 71-72, under the title "Mon rêve familier aus dem Französischen des Paul Verlaine." Note that in this edition the poem is in two-line stanzas, not the sonnet form above.


Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "Mon rêve familier", appears in Poèmes saturniens, in Mélancholia, no. 6, first published 1866 ENG ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Marcelle-Marguerite Aaron, Yvonne-Madeleine Aaron, Henri Bordes d'Anzy, Henriëtte Bosmans, P. Challot, Louis Dumas, Léo Ferré, Hector Fraggi, dit Shepherd, Pierre Galan, Bruno Gousset, Charles Koechlin, D. Lamotte, Youssef Khan Nazare-Aga, dit Kyna, Max d'Ollone, Robert Otlet, Héctor Panizza, Antonio Parera, Martha Helen Schmidt, René Téboul, Jacques-F.G. Vallier, Philip Wilby. Go to the text.

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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2009-04-30 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-31 17:31:20

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Word count: 105