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Les hauts talons luttaient avec les longues jupes, En sorte que, selon le terrain et le vent, Parfois luisaient des bas de jambes, trop souvent Interceptés ! -- Et nous aimions ce jeu de dupes. Parfois aussi le dard d'un insecte jaloux Inquiétait le col des belles sous les branches, Et c'étaient des éclairs soudains des nuques blanches, Et ce regal comblait nos jeunes yeux de fous. Le soir tombait, un soir equivoque d'automne : Les belles se pendant rêveuses à nos bras, Dirent alors des mots si spéciaux, tout bas, Que notre âme, depuis ce temps, tremble et s'étonne.
- by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "Les ingénus", written 1869, appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 7, Paris, Édition Alphonse Lemerre, first published 1869 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Claude Achille Debussy (1862 - 1918), "Les ingénus", L. 114/(104) no. 1 (1904), published 1904 [voice and piano], from Fêtes Galantes II, no. 1, Paris, Durand [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Raoul Laparra (1876 - 1943), "Les ingénus", published 1927 [voice and piano], from Pastels, suite de mélodies sur des Fétes galantes, no. 8, Paris, Gallet [ sung text not verified ]
- by Fernand Ochsé (1879 - 1944), "Les ingénus", 1908, published 1913 [voice and piano], from Le Parc, no. 5, Berlin, Fürstner [ sung text not verified ]
- by Adrien Remacle , "Les ingénus", published 1907 [voice and piano], from Les fêtes galantes. Esquisses mélodiques sur les poèmes de Paul Verlaine, no. 2, Paris, Hachette [ sung text not verified ]
- by Pierre Thilloy (b. 1970), "Les ingénus", 1996, published 1997 [baritone and piano], from Verlainexquises, no. 3, Éd. du compositeur [ sung text not verified ]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English [singable] (Nita Cox) , "Youthful lovers", first published 1904
- ENG English (Jordyn Elizabeth Beranek) , "Young lovers", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Die Arglosen", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 99
High heels struggled with long skirts, so that, depending on the terrain and the wind, sometimes a bit of the ankle flashed, too often intercepted! and we loved this fool’s game. Sometimes also the sting of a jealous insect worried the beautiful neck under the branches, and then there were sudden flashes of white necks and so regal, filled our young crazy eyes. The night fell, a clear autumn night; the beautiful ones, dreaming while in our arms, said then words so special, so low, that our soul since that time trembled and surprised itself.
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2014 by Jordyn Elizabeth Beranek, (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.
- a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "Les ingénus", written 1869, appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 7, Paris, Édition Alphonse Lemerre, first published 1869
This text was added to the website: 2014-04-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 95