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Ma belle amie est morte

Language: French (Français)

Ma belle amie est morte:
Je pleurerai toujours;
[Sous]1 la tombe elle emporte
Mon âme et mes amours.
Dans le ciel, sans m'attendre,
Elle s'en retourna;
L'ange qui l'emmena
Ne voulut pas me prendre.
Que mon sort est amer!
Ah!  sans amour, s'en aller sur la mer!

La blanche créature
Est couchée au cercueil.
Comme dans la nature
Tout me paraît en deuil!
La colombe oubliée
Pleure et songe à l'absent;
Mon âme pleure et sent
Qu'elle est dépareillée.
Que mon sort est amer!
Ah!  sans amour, s'en aller sur la mer!

Sur moi la nuit immense
[S'étend]2 comme un linceul;
Je chante ma romance
Que le ciel entend seul.
Ah!  comme elle était belle,
[Et comme]3 je l'aimais!
Je n'aimerai jamais
Une femme autant qu'elle.
Que mon sort est amer!
Ah!  sans amour, s'en aller sur la mer!

Translation(s): ENG GER GER ITA

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P. Viardot-García sets stanzas 1, 3
E. de Polignac sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Théophile Gauthier, La comédie de la mort, Desessart editeur, Paris, 1838, page 227.

1 Viardot: "Dans"
2 Fauré: "Plane"
3 Fauré: "Et combien"; Viardot: "Comme"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Bertram Kottmann and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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 (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La mia bella amica è morta", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2017-06-06T12:16:27
Line count: 30
Word count: 139

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My beautiful love is dead

Language: English after the French (Français)

My beautiful love is dead,
I shall weep always;
Into the tomb, she has taken
My soul and my love.
Without waiting for me,
She has returned to heaven.
The angel which took her there
Did not want to take me.
How bitter is my fate!
Ah! without love, to go to sea!

The white creature
Is lying in the coffin;
How all in Nature
Seems bereaved to me!
The forgotten dove
Weeps and dreams of the one who is absent;
My soul cries and feels
That it has been abandoned.
How bitter is my fate,
Ah! without love, to go to sea!

Above me the immense night
Spreads itself like a shroud;
I sing my romanza
That heaven alone hears.
Ah! how beautiful she was,
And how I loved her!
I will never love
Another woman as much as I loved her;
How bitter is my fate!
ah! without love, to go to sea!

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Translation of title "My beautiful love is dead" = "My beautiful love is dead"


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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier (1811 - 1872), "Lamento", subtitle: "La chanson du pêcheur", appears in La Comédie de la Mort, first published 1838 GER GER ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hector Berlioz, Paul Bertrie, Édouard Boilly, Édouard Bruguière, Louise Clarke, Paul-Charles-Marie Curet, as Paul Puget, Alexandre Gustave Daussoigne-Méhul, Félicien César David, Jules Toussaint De Sutter, Alban Dorcy, Théodore Dubois, Sylvain Dupuis, Gabriel Fauré, Ferdinand-François Féret, Anna François, André Gédalge, L. Giunti-Bellini, Charles Gounod, Théodore Jadoul, Pierre Joret, Léon Jouret, Théodore Jouret, René Jacques Koering, Louis Lacombe, Charles Lefebvre, Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu, Hippolyte Monpou, Jacques Offenbach, Émile Paladilhe, Georges-Louis Pantillon, Felipe Pedrell, Jules Philipot, Edmond de Polignac, prince, Frederick A. Post, Jean-Théodore Radoux, Jules Regnaud, Mathilde, Baroness Willy de Rothschild, Gabriel de Saint-Quentin, Charles Camille Saint-Saëns, Alice Salvator, Étienne Soubre, Jean-Léonard Terry, Jozef Troch, Pauline Viardot-García, Eugène-Léon Vivier. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-05-25T18:12:09
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