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J'ai perdu ma force et ma vie, [Et]1 mes amis et ma gaieté ; J'ai perdu jusqu'à la fierté Qui faisait croire à mon génie. Quand j'ai connu la Vérité, J'ai cru que c'était une amie ; [Quand je l'ai comprise et sentie]2, J'en étais déjà dégoûté. Et pourtant elle est éternelle, Et ceux qui se sont passés d'elle Ici-bas ont tout ignoré. Dieu parle, il faut qu'on lui réponde. Le seul bien qui me reste au monde Est d'avoir quelquefois pleuré.
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1 omitted by Liszt.
2 Liszt: "Quand je l'ai comprise, quand je l'ai sentie"
- by Louis Charles Alfred de Musset (1810 - 1857), "Tristesse", written 1840, appears in Poésies nouvelles [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Otto Bouwens van der Boijen (1872 - 1922), "Sonnet", op. 2, published 1905? [ medium voice and piano ], from Mélodies, no. 1, Éd. O. Bouwens van der Boijen & Cie [sung text not yet checked]
- by Germain Desbonnet (1938 - 2007), "Tristesse", 1978, published 1985 [ medium voice and piano ], from Mélodies, no. 1, Éd. du compositeur [sung text not yet checked]
- by Franz (Ferenc) Liszt (1811 - 1886), "Tristesse", S. 327 (1872), published 1879 [ medium voice and piano ], Leipzig, Kahnt, also set in German (Deutsch) [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Emanuel Moór (1863 - 1931), "Tristesse", op. 91 no. 1 [ voice and piano ], from Deuxième Recueil de Mélodies, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Jean-Louis Petit (b. 1937), "Tristesse", 1997 [ high voice and piano ], from Livre de poésies, no. 12 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Auguste Schirlé (1895 - 1971), "Tristesse", op. 21 (Onze mélodies) no. 4, published 1930 [ medium voice and piano ], Montrouge, Éd. M.-A. Schirlé [sung text not yet checked]
- by José Segu (1873 - 1960), "Tristesse", 1925 [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Alfred von Meißner (1822 - 1885) ; composed by Franz Liszt.
Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Word count: 82
I have lost my strength and my life, [And] my friends and my joy; I have lost even the arrogance Which made my [intellect] think. When I knew Truth, I believed that she was a friend; [But] when I understood her and felt her, I was already disgusted [by her]. And yet [Truth] is eternal, And those who have gone after her Here below have been ignorant of everything. God speaks, [and] one must respond to him. The only good [thing] which remains to me in the world Is having sometimes wept.
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Translations of title(s):
"Sonnet" = "Sonnet"
"Tristesse" = "Sadness"
"J'ai perdu ma force et ma vie" = "I have lost my strength and my life"
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2019 by Garrett Medlock, (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 Louis Charles Alfred de Musset (1810 - 1857), "Tristesse", written 1840, appears in Poésies nouvelles
This text was added to the website: 2019-05-08
Line count: 14
Word count: 92