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La nuit s'éfface. Les étoiles...

Language: French (Français)

La nuit s'éfface. Les étoiles s'éloignent.
Voici que les dernières courtisanes 
sont rentrées avec les amants. 
Et moi, dans la pluie du matin, 
j'écris ces vers sur le sable.

Les feuilles sont chargées d'eau brillante. 
Des ruisseaux à travers les sentiers
entraînent la terre et les feuilles mortes.
La pluie, goutte à goutte, 
fait des trous dans ma chanson.

Oh! que je suis triste et seule ici! 
Les plus jeunes ne me regardent pas; 
[les plus âgés m'ont oublieé]1.
[C'est bien. Ils apprendront] mes vers, 
et les enfants de leurs enfants.

Voilà ce que ni Myrtalê, ni Thaïs, 
ni Glykére ne se diront, 
le jour où leurs belles joues seront creuses.  
Ceux qui aimeront après moi 
chanteront mes strophes ensemble.


Translation(s): ENG ENG GER

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1 Koechlin: "et les plus âgés m'oublient"
2 Koechlin: "Mais tous ils sauront"

Submitted by Sarah Daughtrey

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sarah Daughtrey) , title 1: "Morning rain", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Marvin J. Ward) , title 1: "The Morning Rain", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Morgenregen", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Morgenregen

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

Es weicht die Nacht. Die Sterne, sie verblassen.
Um diese Stunde sind die letzten Kurtisanen
mit ihren Freiern heimgekehrt.
Und ich, im morgendlichen Regen,
ich schreibe diese Verse in den Sand.

Blätter glänzen, schwer vom Regen.
Bächlein queren Pfade,
reißen Erde, tote Blätter mit.
Tropf um Tropf zerhöhlt
der Regen mein Chanson.

Ach, wie betrübt und einsam ich hier bin!
Die Jüngsten achten meiner nicht;
[die Alten haben mich vergessen]1.
[Gut ist es so. Sie werden meine Verse lernen]2 
und auch die Kinder ihrer Kinder.

Das ist, was nicht Myrtalê noch Thaïs,
noch Glykere sich sagen werden,
wenn ihre schönen Wangen eingefallen sind.
Die Liebenden nach mir,
sie werden meine Lieder singen.


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1 Koechlin: "und die Alten vergessen mich"
2 Koechlin: "Aber sie werden alle meine Verse kennen"

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  • Translation from French (Français) to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2013 by Bertram Kottmann, (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: 2013-04-10.
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