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O Lune, nocturne phtisique, Sur le noir oreiller des cieux, Ton immense regard fièvreux M'attire comme une musique! Tu meurs d'un amour chimérique, Et d'un désir silencieux, O Lune, nocturne phtisique, Sur le noir oreiller des cieux! Mais 'dans sa volupté physique L'amant qui passe insoucieux Prend pour des rayons gracieux Ton sang blanc et mélancolique, O Lune, nocturne phtisique!
- by Émile Albert Kayenberg (1860 - 1929), as Albert Giraud, "Lune malade", appears in Pierrot lunaire, first published 1884 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Otto Erich Hartleben (1864 - 1905) CHI ENG ENG FRE ITA NYN ; composed by Ferdinand Pfohl, Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg.
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- ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "The consumptive moon", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-16
Line count: 13
Word count: 60
O phthisic moon, wasting away by night, upon the sky's black pillow, your immense, feverish gaze dresses me up as if I were Music! You die of a chimerical love and a silent longing, O phthisic moon, wasting away by night, upon the sky's black pillow. But in her physical ecstasies, your lover, passing by with not a care, takes your blood, white and melancholy as it is, for sweet moonbeams. O phthisic moon, wasting away by night.
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2018 by Andrew Schneider, (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 Émile Albert Kayenberg (1860 - 1929), as Albert Giraud, "Lune malade", appears in Pierrot lunaire, first published 1884
This text was added to the website: 2018-07-12
Line count: 13
Word count: 78