by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Peter Low

Je devine, à travers un murmure
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Je devine, à travers un murmure,
Le contour subtil des voix anciennes
Et dans les lueurs musiciennes,
Amour pâle, une aurore future !

Et mon âme et mon cœur en délires
Ne sont plus qu'une espèce d'œil double
Où tremblote à travers un jour trouble
L'ariette, hélas ! de toutes lyres !

Ô mourir de cette mort seulette
Que s'en vont, cher amour qui t'épeures,
Balançant jeunes et vieilles heures !
Ô mourir de cette escarpolette !

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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)

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  • ENG English (Peter Low) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2012-02-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 77

In hearing a murmur, I sense
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
In hearing a murmur, I sense
the subtle contour of voices from the past
and in their musical gleams,
pale love, a future dawn!
Now my heart and soul, delirious,
are nothing but a double eye
where trembles, through murky light
the song, alas! of all lyres!
Oh to die from this solitary death
which is rocked to and fro, dear frightened love,
by recent and bygone hours!
Oh to die from this dizzying swing!

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This text was added to the website: 2021-03-12
Line count: 12
Word count: 75