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Rain on Rahoon falls softly, softly...

Language: English

Rain on Rahoon falls softly, softly falling,
Where my dark lover lies.
Sad is his voice that calls me, sadly calling,
At grey moonrise.

Love, hear thou
How soft, how sad his voice is ever calling,
Ever unanswered and the dark rain falling,
Then as now.

Dark too our hearts, O love, shall lie and cold
As his sad heart has lain
Under the moongrey nettles, the black mould
And muttering rain.

Translation(s): FRE GER

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First published in Poetry, November 1917

Submitted by Barbara Miller


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):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Sie weint über Rahoon", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Elle pleure sur Rahoon", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2005-01-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:12
Line count: 12
Word count: 72

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Elle pleure sur Rahoon

Language: French (Français) after the English

La pluie sur Rahoon tombe doucement, doucement tombe,
Où mon amant sombre gît.
Triste est sa voix qui m'appelle, tristement m'appelle,
Au lever de la lune grise.

Amour, entends-tu
Combien douce, combien triste est sa voix qui toujours appelle,
Toujours sans réponse et la pluie sombre tombe,
Alors comme maintenant.

Sombres aussi nos cœurs, ô amour, reposeront et froids
Comme son cœur est étendu
Sous les ortie grises comme la lune, l'humus noir
Et la pluie qui murmure.

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Based on
  • a text in English by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), "She weeps over Rahoon", written 1913, appears in Pomes Penyeach, no. 4 GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Lorne M. Betts, Carlos Botto Vallarino, Brian Boydell, David Del Tredici, Vivian Fine, Miriam Gideon, Muriel Emily Herbert, Bill Hopkins, Herbert Hughes, Jack Marius Jarrett, Sergius Kagen, Ernest John Moeran, Laughton W. Patrick, Alfred Reed, William Strickland, Harold Triggs. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-11-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:26
Line count: 12
Word count: 78