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Ici‑bas tous les lilas meurent

Language: French (Français)

Ici-bas tous les lilas meurent,
Tous les chants des oiseaux sont courts,
Je rêve aux étés qui demeurent

Ici-bas les lèvres effleurent 
Sans rien laisser de leur velours,
Je rêve aux baisers qui demeurent

Ici-bas, tous les hommes pleurent
Leurs amitiés ou leurs amours;
Je rêve aux couples qui demeurent 

Translation(s): ENG ENG GER ITA RUS

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Note: quoted in Jules Lemaître's "Vers pour être chantés".

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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by G. Hall GER ITA RUS by Maude Valérie White.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , no title ENG GER ITA ENG by César Antonovich Cui.

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Samuel Byrne) , "In this world"
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Martin Stock) , "Hier auf Erden", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ramona Gabriela Peter) , "Quaggiù", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-11-28T20:34:24
Line count: 12
Word count: 53

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Language: Italian (Italiano) after the French (Français)

Quaggiù tutti i lillà muoiono,
Tutti i canti degli uccelli sono corti, 
sogno alle estati che durino 

Quaggiù le labbra si sfiorano
Senza lasciare niente del loro velluto,
sogno ai baci che durino 

Quaggiù, tutti gli uomini piangono
le loro amicizie o i loro amori;
Sogno a coppie che durino

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  • Translation from French (Français) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2012 by Ramona Gabriela Peter, (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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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by René-François Sully-Prudhomme (1839 - 1907), "Ici-bas tous les lilas meurent", appears in Stances et Poèmes, in 1. Stances, in La vie intérieure, Paris, Éd. Alphonse Lemerre, first published 1866 ENG GER RUS ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): John Parsons Beach, César Antonovich Cui, Jules Laurent Anacharsis Duprato, Gabriel Fauré, René de Goussaincourt, Lucien Hillemacher, Paul Hillemacher, Jenő Hubay, Ernest Lavigne, Fernand Le Borne, Victor Massé, Émile Naoumoff, Edmond de Polignac, prince, Ottorino Respighi, Eduard, Freiherr von Seldeneck, Glauco Velasquez, Paul Viardot, Pauline Viardot-García, Arnold D. Volpé, Maude Valérie White. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-07-06T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:04:59
Line count: 12
Word count: 53