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Ma belle amie est morte

Language: French (Français)

Ma belle amie est morte:
Je pleurerai toujours;
[Sous]1 la tombe elle emporte
Mon âme et mes amours.
Dans le ciel, sans m'attendre,
Elle s'en retourna;
L'ange qui l'emmena
Ne voulut pas me prendre.
Que mon sort est amer!
Ah!  sans amour, s'en aller sur la mer!

La blanche créature
Est couchée au cercueil.
Comme dans la nature
Tout me paraît en deuil!
La colombe oubliée
Pleure et songe à l'absent;
Mon âme pleure et sent
Qu'elle est dépareillée.
Que mon sort est amer!
Ah!  sans amour, s'en aller sur la mer!

Sur moi la nuit immense
[S'étend]2 comme un linceul;
Je chante ma romance
Que le ciel entend seul.
Ah!  comme elle était belle,
[Et comme]3 je l'aimais!
Je n'aimerai jamais
Une femme autant qu'elle.
Que mon sort est amer!
Ah!  sans amour, s'en aller sur la mer!

Translation(s): ENG GER GER ITA

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P. Viardot-García sets stanzas 1, 3
E. de Polignac sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Théophile Gauthier, La comédie de la mort, Desessart editeur, Paris, 1838, page 227.

1 Viardot: "Dans"
2 Fauré: "Plane"
3 Fauré: "Et combien"; Viardot: "Comme"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Bertram Kottmann and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La mia bella amica è morta", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2017-06-06T12:16:27
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Word count: 139

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La mia bella amica è morta

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the French (Français)

La mia bella amica è morta,
infinite lacrime dovrò versare; 
Con sé nella tomba porta
L' anima mia con il mio amore.
Senza volermi attendere, 
è ritornata in cielo,
L'angelo che la ha voluto prendere
Mi ha lasciato solo.
Ah! Che sorte amara restare a vagare,
Per sempre senza amore, per il vasto mare!
La candida creatura
Sta nella bara a giacere;
Tutto, nella natura,
sembra provare dolore!
La colomba abbandonata
Piange e pensa all'assente!
Piange la mia anima e sente
Che ella non ha più compagna.
Ah! Che sorte amara restare a vagare,
Per sempre senza amore, per il vasto mare!
Sopra di me la notte immensa
Come un sudario si stende
Io canto la mia romanza
Che soltanto il cielo comprende.
Ah! Come era bella,
E quanto io la amai!
Più non amerò ormai,
una donna simile a quella.
Ah! Che sorte amara restare a vagare,
Per sempre senza amore, per il vasto mare!
Vagare per il mare!

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier (1811 - 1872), "Lamento", subtitle: "La chanson du pêcheur", appears in La Comédie de la Mort, first published 1838 ENG GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hector Berlioz, Paul Bertrie, Édouard Boilly, Édouard Bruguière, Louise Clarke, Paul-Charles-Marie Curet, as Paul Puget, Alexandre Gustave Daussoigne-Méhul, Félicien César David, Jules Toussaint De Sutter, Alban Dorcy, Théodore Dubois, Sylvain Dupuis, Gabriel Fauré, Ferdinand-François Féret, Anna François, André Gédalge, L. Giunti-Bellini, Charles Gounod, Théodore Jadoul, Pierre Joret, Léon Jouret, Théodore Jouret, René Jacques Koering, Louis Lacombe, Charles Lefebvre, Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu, Hippolyte Monpou, Jacques Offenbach, Émile Paladilhe, Georges-Louis Pantillon, Felipe Pedrell, Jules Philipot, Edmond de Polignac, prince, Frederick A. Post, Jean-Théodore Radoux, Jules Regnaud, Mathilde, Baroness Willy de Rothschild, Gabriel de Saint-Quentin, Charles Camille Saint-Saëns, Alice Salvator, Étienne Soubre, Jean-Léonard Terry, Jozef Troch, Pauline Viardot-García, Eugène-Léon Vivier. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-05-04T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:03:13
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