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Connaissez‑vous la blanche tombe

Language: French (Français)

Connaissez-vous la blanche tombe,
Où flotte avec un son plaintif
  L'ombre d'un if ?
Sur l'if une pâle colombe,
Triste et seule au soleil couchant,
  Chante son chant :

Un air maladivement tendre,
À la fois charmant et fatal,
  Qui vous fait mal,
Et qu'on voudrait toujours entendre ;
Un air, comme en soupire aux cieux
  L'ange amoureux. 

On dirait que l'âme éveillée
Pleure sous terre à l'unisson
  De la chanson,
Et du malheur d'être oubliée
Se plaint dans un roucoulement
  Bien doucement.

Sur les ailes de la musique
On sent lentement revenir
  Un souvenir;
Une [ombre de forme]1 angélique,
Passe dans un rayon tremblant,
  En voile blanc.

Les belles-de-nuit demi-closes,
Jettent leur parfum faible et doux
  Autour de vous,
Et le fantôme aux molles poses
Murmure en vous tendant les bras:
  « Tu reviendras ? »

Oh! jamais plus, près de la tombe,
Je n'irai, quand descend le soir
  Au manteau noir,
Écouter la pâle colombe
Chanter sur la [branche]2 de l'if
  Son chant plaintif !


Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG GER GER ITA SPA

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H. Duparc sets stanzas 1, 3, 6
P. Hersant sets stanza 4
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 305.

1 Berlioz: "ombre, une forme"
2 Duparc, Berlioz: "pointe"

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

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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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Marike Lindhout) , "Lamento", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Lament", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Kyle Gee) , "Lament", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alberto Bonati) , copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2003-10-20.
Last modified: 2016-08-27 19:22:12
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Conoscete la tomba bianca

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

Conoscete la tomba bianca,
Dove ondeggia in lamentoso pianto
l'ombra di un tasso?
Sul tasso una pallida colomba,
triste e sola, al sole del tramonto,
canta il suo canto:
 
Un aria di una tenerezza morbosa,
ad un tempo affascinante e fatale,
che fa male,
ma che si vorrebbe ascoltare sempre.
Un'aria come nel cielo ha sospirato
Un angelo innamorato.
 
Si direbbe che l'anima ridestata,
pianga sotto terra insieme
alla canzone,
E della sorte di essere abbandonata
Tubando si lamenti
In così dolci accenti.
 
Sulle ali della musica
Lentamente senti che affiora
Un'antica memoria.
Un'ombra, una angelica forma,
passa in una luce incerta
tutta di bianco vestita.
 
Le belle di notte, dischiuse a metà,
emanano un profumo debole e dolce
che intorno si diffonde,
e il fantasma con posa indolente
mormora, le braccia tendendo:
farai ritorno presto!
 
Oh! Mai più presso la tomba
Andrò, quando discende la sera
Con la mia veste nera,
Né ascolterò la pallida colomba,
cantare, sulla cima del tasso,
il suo lamentoso canto.


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Text added to the website: 2009-05-04.
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