by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Charles Hopkins (1952 - 2007)

Le faune
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER HUN
Un vieux faune de terre cuite
Rit au centre des boulingrins,
Présageant sans doute une suite
Mauvaise à ces instants sereins

Qui m'ont conduit et t'ont conduite,
Mélancoliques pèlerins,
Jusqu'à cette heure dont la fuite
Tournoie au son des tambourins.

Confirmed with Paul Verlaine, Fêtes galantes, Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1869, page 31.

Note: The ampersand (&) as appears in the first publication is changed to "et".


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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 Alfred Henschke (1890 - 1928) , "Der Faun" ; composed by Max Kowalski.
  • Also set in Hungarian (Magyar), a translation by Lőrinc Szabó (1900 - 1957) ; composed by József Soproni.

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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Na sošku fauna v parku"
  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "The faun", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Nita Cox) , "The dancing faun"
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "The faun", written 2002, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "The Faun", written c2005, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Der Faun", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "A faun", 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: 8
Word count: 40

The faun
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
An old terracotta faun
Stands[,] laughing, in the middle of the lawn,
An omen[,] no doubt[,] of some ill fortune
Following on from these moments of serenity

That have brought both you and me,
Melancholy pilgrims,
To this hour[,] whose passing
Pirouettes to the sound of tambourines.

Confirmed with an original Microsoft Word Document provided by Alistair Hinton.


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Researcher for this text: Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2018-08-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 47