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Partir, c'est mourir un peu

Language: French (Français)

Partir, c'est mourir un peu,
C'est mourir à ce qu'on aime:
On laisse un peu de soi-même
En toute heure et dans tout lieu.

C'est toujours le deuil d'un vœu,
Le dernier vers d'un poème;
Partir, c'est mourir un peu,
C'est mourir à ce qu'on aime.

Et l'on part, et c'est un jeu,
Et jusqu'à l'adieu suprême
C'est son âme que l'on sème,
Que l'on sème en chaque adieu:
Partir, c'est mourir un peu.

Translation(s): ENG ENG GER SPA

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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 (Edmund Hodges) , "Song of Farewell", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas Ang) , "Song of Farewell", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Abschiedslied", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Danilo Serrano) , "Canción del adiós", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Canción del adiós

Language: Spanish (Español) after the French (Français)

Partir es morir un poco,
es morir a lo que se ama.
Se deja un poco de uno mismo
en cada hora y en cada lugar
Es siempre la añoranza de un deseo,
El último verso de un poema.
Partir es morir un poco,
es morir a lo que se ama.
Y se parte, y es un juego
y hasta el adiós supremo,
es el alma que se siembra,
que se siembra en cada adiós.
Partir es morir un poco.

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  • Translation from French (Français) to Spanish (Español) copyright © 2011 by Danilo Serrano, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Edmond Haraucourt (1856 - 1941), title 1: "Chanson de l'adieu", title 2: "Rondel de l'adieu", appears in Seul, in 1. L'attente, Paris, Éd. Bibliothèque Charpentier, first published 1891 ENG ENG GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Max Arham, Émile Naoumoff, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Henry de Valgorge. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-08-28.
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