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 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.


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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