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The twilight turns from amethyst

Language: English

The twilight turns from amethyst 
  To deep and deeper blue, 
The lamp fills with a pale green glow 
  The trees of the avenue. 

The old piano plays an air, 
  Sedate and slow and gay; 
She bends upon the yellow keys, 
  Her head inclines this way. 

Shy thoughts and grave wide eyes and hands 
  That wander as they list? 
The twilight turns to darker blue 
  With lights of amethyst.

Translation(s): FRE

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:36
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Word count: 68

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Le crépuscule passe de l'améthyste

Language: French (Français) after the English

Le crépuscule passe de l'améthyste
Vers un bleu de plus en plus profond,
La lampe remplit d'une lueur pâle et verte
Les arbres de l'avenue.

Le vieux piano joue un air,
Calme et lent et gai ;
Elle se penche sur les touches jaunies,
Sa tête s'incline de ce côté.

Des pensées timides et des yeux grands ouverts et des mains
Qui vont comme elles donnent de la bande --
Le crépuscule passe à un bleu plus sombre
Avec les lueurs d'améthyste.

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Based on
  • a text in English by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), appears in Chamber Music, no. 2, first published 1907
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): David Arditti, Gary Bachlund, Ross Lee Finney, Tom Vernon Ritchie, Wayland Rogers, Rick Sowash. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-11-04 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:26
Line count: 12
Word count: 81