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Avril est de retour

Language: French (Français)

Avril est de retour,
La première des roses,
De ses lèvres mi-closes,
Rit au premier beau jour,
La terre bien heureuse
S'ouvre et s'épanouit ;
Tout aime, tout jouit.
Hélas! j'ai dans le coeur une tristesse affreuse.

Les buveurs en gaîté, 
Dans leurs chansons vermeilles,
Célèbrent sous les treilles
Le vin et la beauté ;
La musique joyeuse,
Avec leur rire clair
S'éparpille dans l'air.
Hélas! j'ai dans le coeur une tristesse affreuse.

En déshabillés blancs
Les jeunes demoiselles
S'en vont sous les tonnelles
Au bras de leur galants ;
La lune langoureuse
Argente leurs baisers
Longuement appuyés,
Hélas! j'ai dans le coeur une tristesse affreuse.

Moi, je n'aime plus rien,
Ni l'homme, ni la femme,
Ni mon corps, ni mon âme,
Pas même mon vieux chien.
Allez dire qu'on creuse,
Sous le pâle gazon
Une fosse sans nom.
Hélas! j'ai dans le coeur une tristesse affreuse.

Translation(s): ENG

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F. Bonoldi sets stanzas 1-2, 4
P. Fiévet sets stanzas 1, 3-4

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Albert Grimault [an adaptation] ENG by Louis Diémer.

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

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "Sadness", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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