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Dans la forêt chauve et rouillée

Language: French (Français)

Dans la forêt chauve et rouillée
Il ne reste plus au rameau
Qu'une pauvre feuille oubliée,
Rien qu'une feuille et qu'un oiseau,

Il ne reste plus [dans]1 mon âme
Qu'un seul amour pour y chanter;
Mais le vent d'automne [qui]2 brame
Ne permet pas de l'écouter.

L'oiseau s'en va, la feuille tombe,
L'amour s'éteint, car c'est l'hiver.
Petit oiseau, viens sur ma tombe
Chanter, quand l'arbre sera vert.

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Text first published as "L'hiver" in the journal "Don Quichotte", April 30, 1837.
1 Chausson: "en"
2 Pedrell: "que"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 (Peter Low) , "The last leaf", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:29
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The last leaf

Language: English after the French (Français)

In the bare and blighted forest
nothing now remains on the branches
except a poor forgotten leaf,
nothing but a leaf and a bird.

Nothing now remains in my heart
except one love which is there to sing.
But the howling autumn wind
prevents it from being heard.

The bird flies away, the leaf falls,
the love stops burning, for it is winter.
Oh little bird, come to my tomb
to sing when the tree is green again.

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  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier (1811 - 1872), "La dernière feuille", written 1837, appears in La Comédie de la Mort, first published 1838
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Péricles Aramis, Delphin Marie Balleyguier, Comolata Banerji, Maxime Belliard, Guido Bianchini, Victor Boisard, Gustave Bret, Marcel Briclot, Amédée Dominique Marie, Baron de Carayon-Latour, Gérard de Chambéret, Ernest Amédée Chausson, Antony Choudens, Gustave Collignon, Joseph Depret, Germain Desbonnet, Henry Ducarne, Jacques Dupont, dit Jacque-Dupont, Raúl Hugo Espoile, Simone Féjard, Marcel Fichefet, Paul Fiévet, Anna François, Serge Gut, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Léon Jouret, Gustave Kéfer, Nestor Leblanc, Eugenio Lugo, Mélan-Guéroult, Émile Naoumoff, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Paul Paray, Armand Parent, Felipe Pedrell, Patrice Pertuit, Jules Philipot, Blas Sánchez Hernández, Jeff Smallman, George Templeton-Strong, Francesco Paolo Tosti, R. Vauthier, Axel Raoul Wachtmeister. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:29
Line count: 12
Word count: 78