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

Il pleure dans mon cœur
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG ENG GER GER SPA
Il pleure dans mon cœur
Comme il pleut sur la ville ;
Quelle est cette langueur
Qui pénètre mon cœur ?

Ô bruit doux de la pluie,
Par terre et sur les toits!
Pour un cœur qui s'ennuie,
Ô le [chant]1 de la pluie !

Il pleure sans raison
Dans [ce]2 cœur qui s'écœure.
Quoi! nulle trahison ? ...
[Ce]3 deuil est sans raison.

C'est bien la pire peine,
De ne savoir pourquoi
Sans amour et sans haine
Mon cœur a tant de peine!

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1 Debussy: "bruit"
2 Fauré: "mon"; Madetoja: "le"
3 Fauré: "Mon"


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 84

There is weeping in my heart
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 There is weeping in my heart
 like the rain falling on the town.
 What is this languor
 that pervades my heart?
 Oh the patter of the rain
 on the ground and the roofs!
 For a heart growing weary
 oh the song of the rain!
 There is weeping without cause
 in this disheartened heart.
 What!  No betrayal?
 There's no reason for this grief.
 Truly the worst pain
 is not knowing why,
 without love or hatred,
 my heart feels so much pain.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 81