Translation © by Garrett Medlock

J'ai perdu ma force et ma vie
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
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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First published in La Revue des deux mondes, December 1, 1841, and then in Poésies nouvelles, 1850.

1 omitted by Liszt.
2 Liszt: "Quand je l'ai comprise, quand je l'ai sentie"


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I have lost my strength and my life
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
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.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Sonnet" = "Sonnet"
"Tristesse" = "Sadness"
"J'ai perdu ma force et ma vie" = "I have lost my strength and my life"


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