by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949)

À toute âme qui pleure
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
À toute âme qui pleure,
à tout péché qui passe,
J'ouvre au sein des étoiles
mes mains pleines de grâces.

Il n'est péché qui vive
quand l'amour a parlé;
Il n'est d'âme qui meure
quand l'amour a pleuré...

Et si l'amour s'égare
aux sentiers d'ici-bas,
Ses larmes me retrouvent
et ne [se perdent]1 pas...

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First published in German in Sœur Béatrice, Mystère en Trois Actes, in the revue Die Insel, 1900; then in French in Théâtre, Book III, 1901; later in Quinze Chansons, Bruxelles, Éd. Lacomblez, 1900.

1 López Buchardo, Palma: "s'égarent"


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 German (Deutsch), a translation by Friedrich von Oppeln-Bronikowski (1873 - 1936) , Jena, E. Diederichs, first published 1906 ; composed by Alexander Zemlinsky.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Jan Pieter Hendrik van Gilse.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Vyacheslav Karatygin (1875 - 1925) ; composed by Boleslav Leopoldovitch Yavorsky.

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

  • ENG English (David Fetter) , copyright © 2019, (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.
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