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Ferne Lieder

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ein Zypressenhain,
Alte Brunnen fließen.
Auf dem Meer im Abendschein
Schwarze Schwalben schießen.

Aus der weißen Villa dringt
Eine sanfte Klage:
Eine Frau, die spielt und singt
Lieder andrer Tage.

Eine große Stille spinnt,
die Fontänen steigen.
Und die fernen Lieder sind
Laut geword'nes Schweigen

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Submitted by Jakob Kellner


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Distant songs", copyright © 2015
  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , title 1: "Chansons lointaines", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
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Word count: 46

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Chansons lointaines

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Des roses ! Un bosquet de cyprès;
Une vieille source coule.
Des hirondelles noires au crépuscule
Plongent vers la mer. 

D'une villa blanche s'échappe
Une douce complainte,
Une femme, jouant et chantant
Une chanson d'un autre temps.

Un grand silence se faufile,
La fontaine s'élève.
Et les chansons lointaines
Sont silence qui se fait plus présent.
Un silence !

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2010 by Jean-Pierre Granger, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2010-10-21.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:03
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Word count: 59