Herfst

Song Cycle by Léon Orthel (1905 - 1985)

Word count: 177

1. Tranen [sung text not yet checked]

        't Is nevelkoud,
     en, 's halfvoornoens, nog
duister in de lanen;
          de boomen, die 'k
     nog nauwelijks zien kan,
weenen dikke tranen.

          't En regent niet,
     maar 't zeevert... van die
fijngezichte, natte
          schiervatbaarheid,
     die stof gelijkt, en
wolke en wulle en watte.

          't Is aschgrauw al,
     beneên, omhooge, in
't veld en langs de lanen:
          de boomen, die 'k
     nog nauwelijks zien kan,
weenen dikke tranen.

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Spelling changes used by Dejonghe: nauwlijks -> naulijks; fijngezichte natte -> fijngezich natte

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2. Chanson d'automne [sung text not yet checked]

Les sanglots longs
des violons
   de l'automne
blessent mon coeur
d'une langueur
   monotone.

Tout suffocant
et blême, quand
   sonne l'heure.
je me souviens
des jours anciens,
   et je pleure...

Et je m'en vais
au vent mauvais
   qui m'emporte
de çà, de là,
pareil à la
   feuille morte...

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

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "The long sobs", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Judith Kellock) , "Song of autumn", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Autumn song", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Árpád Tóth) , "Őszi chanson"
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Herbstlied", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Herbstgesang", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Pierre Mathé) , "Herbstlied", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canzone d'autunno", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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3. Herbst [sung text checked 1 time]

Die Blätter fallen, fallen wie von weit, 
als welkten in den Himmeln ferne Gärten; 
sie fallen mit verneinender Gebärde. 
Und in den Nächten fällt die schwere Erde 
aus allen Sternen in die Einsamkeit. 
Wir alle fallen. Diese Hand da fällt. 
Und sieh die andre an: es ist in allen. 
Und doch ist einer, welcher dieses Fallen 
unendlich sanft in seinen Händen hält.

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

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Autumn", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter A. Aue) , "Fall", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Fall", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "Fall", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Automne", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Autunno", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John H. Campbell