by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Judith Kellock

Les sanglots longs
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG ENG GER GER GER HUN HUN ITA
Les sanglots longs
des violons
   de l'automne
blessent mon coeur
d'une langueur
   monotone.

Tout suffocant
et blême, quand
   sonne l'heure.
je me souviens
des jours anciens,
   et je pleure...

Et je m'en vais
au vent mauvais
   qui m'emporte
de çà, de là,
pareil à la
   feuille morte...

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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Ashmore Kyle Paterson Wingate (1881 - 1926?30) , appears in Poems by Verlaine, first published 1904 ; composed by John B. MacEwen, Sir.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Magnus A. Arnason.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Max Lehrs (1855 - 1938) ; composed by Oskar Ulmer.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Jelka Rosen (Delius) (1868 - 1935) ; composed by Frederick Delius.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Kurt Rudolf Wachtmeister.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ernst Hardt (1876 - 1947) ; composed by Rudolf Mengelberg.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Nikolai Maksimovich Vilenkin (1855 - 1937) , "Осеняя песня ", written 1903 ; composed by Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets.
  • Also set in Spanish (Español), adapted by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Moisés Moleiro.

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

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "The long sobs", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Judith Kellock) , "Song of autumn", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Autumn song", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Árpád Tóth) , "Őszi chanson"
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Herbstlied", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Herbstgesang", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Pierre Mathé) , "Herbstlied", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canzone d'autunno", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:53
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Word count: 47

Song of autumn
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The sobs 
of autumn 
violins
Wound my heart 
with a languid 
monotony.

Wholly breathless 
and pale, When 
the clock chimes,
I am reminded 
of the old days,
And I weep.

And am taken 
where ill winds
Carry me 
here and there,
Like 
a dead leaf.

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Text added to the website: 2005-09-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:14
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