by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation by Ernest Dowson (1867 - 1900)

Il pleure dans mon cœur
Language: French (Français) 
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Il pleure dans mon cœur
Comme il pleut sur la ville ;
Quelle est cette langueur
Qui pénètre mon cœur ?

Ô bruit doux de la pluie,
Par terre et sur les toits!
Pour un cœur qui s'ennuie,
Ô le [chant]1 de la pluie !

Il pleure sans raison
Dans [ce]2 cœur qui s'écœure.
Quoi! nulle trahison ? ...
[Ce]3 deuil est sans raison.

C'est bien la pire peine,
De ne savoir pourquoi
Sans amour et sans haine
Mon cœur a tant de peine!

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1 Debussy: "bruit"
2 Fauré: "mon"; Madetoja: "le"
3 Fauré: "Mon"

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Tears fall within mine heart
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Tears fall within mine heart,
As rain upon the town:
Whence does this languor start,
Possessing all mine heart?
 
O sweet fall of the rain
Upon the earth and roofs!
Unto an heart in pain,
O music of the rain!
 
Tears that have no reason
Fall in my sorry heart:
What I there was no treason?
This grief hath no reason.
 
Nay I the more desolate,
Because, I know not why,
(Neither for love nor hate)
Mine heart is desolate. 

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