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Le ciel est, par‑dessus le toit

Language: French (Français)

Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit,
  Si bleu, si calme !
Un arbre, par-dessus le toit,
  Berce sa palme.

La cloche, dans le ciel qu'on voit,
  Doucement tinte.
Un oiseau sur l'arbre qu'on voit
  Chante sa plainte.

Mon Dieu, mon Dieu, la vie est là
  Simple et tranquille.
Cette paisible rumeur-là
  Vient de la ville.

Qu'as-tu fait, ô toi que voilà
  Pleurant sans cesse,
Dis, qu'as-tu fait, toi que voilà,
  De ta jeunesse ?


Translation(s): CHI ENG ENG ENG ENG GER GER GER GER ITA RUS SPA

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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):

  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "監禁", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 2016
  • ENG English (Ernest Dowson) , no title, appears in Decorations, in After Paul Verlaine, no. 4
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il cielo, lassù oltre il tetto", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , "Desde la prisión", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

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Il cielo, lassù oltre il tetto

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

Il cielo, lassù oltre il tetto,
così azzurro e sereno!
Un albero, lassù oltre il tetto,
dondola la sua chioma.

La campana, nel cielo che scorgo,
rintocca dolcemente.
Un uccello, nell'albero che scorgo,
canta un lamento.

Dio mio, Dio mio! La vita è di là,
semplice e tranquilla.
Un calmo rumore,
sale dalla città.

Che cosa hai fatto, tu qui ridotto
in perpetua tristezza,
dimmi, che cosa ne hai fatto,
della tua giovinezza.


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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), no title, written 1880, appears in Sagesse, in Sagesse III, no. 6, Paris, Société générale de Librairie Catholique, first published 1881 CHI ENG ENG ENG ENG GER GER GER SPA GER RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georges Antoine, Karl Baraquin, Madeleine Baud, Grégoire Beznosiuk, Philippe Blay, Willem Frederik Bon, Raymond Bonheur, Serge Bortkiewicz, Benjamin Britten, John Alden Carpenter, Suzanne Coquelin, Lucien Darras, Frederick Delius, Marie-Joseph-Alexandre Déodat de Séverac, Albert Doyen, André Dulaurens, Louis Durey, Gabriel Fauré, Gérard Frasca, Alfred-Joseph Goffin, Reynaldo Hahn, Pavel Ivanovich Kovalev, Paul Le Flem, Madeleine Lemariey, Guillemette Marrannes, Guy Marrimpouey, dit Guy Bénadit, Nina de Maschkausan, dit Annie Rozanne, as Annie Rozanne, Erkki Gustaf Melartin, Maria Mérina, Klaus Miehling, Léon Moreau, Frits Noske, Semyon Viktorovich Panchenko, Bernard Panouillot, Jean-Frédéric Perrenoud, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Paul Porthmann, Joseph Ryelandt, Erkki Salmenhaara, Sebastian Benson Schlesinger, Martha Helen Schmidt, Louis Schopfer, Louis Vierne, Julia Weissberg, Sylvia Wisner, Werther Zanolli. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2009-12-29.
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