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Quand les cloches du soir, dans leur...

Language: French (Français)

Quand les cloches du soir, dans leur lente volée
Feront descendre l'heure au fond de la vallée,
[Si tu n'as pas]1 d'amis ni d'amours près de toi,
Pense à moi! Pense à moi!

Car les cloches du soir avec leur voix sonore
A ton coeur solitaire iront parler encore,
Et l'air fera vibrer ces mots autour de toi:
Aime-moi! Aime-moi!

Si les cloches du soir éveillent les alarmes,
Demande au temps ému qui passe entre nos larmes,
Le temps dira toujours qu'il n'a trouvé que toi 
Près de moi! 

Quand les cloches du soir, si tristes dans l'absence,
Tinteront sur mon coeur ivre de ta présence,
Ah! c'est le chant du ciel qui sonnera pour toi!
Pour toi et pour moi!

Quand les cloches du soir, qui bourdonne et qui pleure,
[Iront]2 parler de mort au seuil de ta demeure,
Songe qu'il reste encore une âme près de toi:
Pense à moi! pense à moi!

Translation(s): ENG

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C. Franck sets stanzas 1-4
A. Ferville sets stanzas 1, 5

About the headline (FAQ)

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First published in the revue Le Kaléidoscope, June 1829.

1 Vaucorbeil: "Quand tu n'auras"
2 Vaucorbeil: "Ira"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 (Amy Pfrimmer) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-09-06 15:06:36

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When the evening bells, in their slow...

Language: English after the French (Français)

When the evening bells, in their slow flight 
bring down the hours at the bottom of the Valley,
If you have no friends or loved ones close to you, 
think of me! Think of me!

As the evening bells with their sound voices 
in your solitary heart will speak again, 
and the air vibrates from those words around you: 
Love me! Love me!

If the evening bells raise alarm, 
asking why turmoil passes between our tears,
time will always tell that it found only you 
near me! 

When the evening bells, so sad in your absence, 
tingle on my heart intoxicated by your presence,
Ah! It is the song of heaven that sounds for you! 
For you and for me!


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Translations of title(s):
"Les cloches" = "The bells"
"Les cloches du soir" = "Evening bells"


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