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Silence ineffable de l'heure

Language: French (Français)

Silence ineffable de l'heure
Où le cœur aimant sur un cœur
Se laisse en aller et s'endort,
-- Sur un cœur aimant qu'il adore !...

Musique tendre des paroles,
Comme un sanglot de rossignols,
Si tendre qu'on voudrait mourir,
-- Sur la bouche qui les soupire !...

L'ivresse ardente de la vie
Fait défaillir l'amant ravi,
Et l'on n'entend battre qu'un coeur,
-- Musique [et silence]1 de l'heure !...

Translation(s): ENG GER

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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)

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

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Romanze", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-07-05.
Last modified: 2016-05-27 23:14:23
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

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

Welch unnennbare Stille jener Stunde,
in der ein liebend Herz dem andern 
sich hingibt und versinkt in Schlummer
-- an einem Herzen, das er tief verehrt! ...

Welch zärtliche Musik aus Worten,
sie gleicht der Nachtigallen Schmachten,
so zärtlich, dass man wollt' vergehen,
-- auf diesen Lippen, die erblüht sie seufzen.

Des Lebens zehrendes Begehren
ermattet den verzückten Liebsten,
und man vernimmt nur noch den Schlag des Herzens,
-- Musik und Stille dieser Stunde! ...

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Bourget (1852 - 1935), "Romance", written 1882, appears in Les aveux, in Amour, no. 10, Paris, Éd. Alphonse Lemerre, first published 1882 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Léonard Broche, Claude Achille Debussy, Carlos López Buchardo, Pierre Maurice, Ernest Moret, Charles Marie Jean Albert Widor. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-12-15.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:10
Line count: 12
Word count: 72