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J'allais dans la campagne avec le vent d'orage, Sous le pâle matin, sous les nuages bas; Un corbeau ténébreux escortait mon voyage, Et dans les flaques d'eau retentissaient mes pas. La foudre à l'horizon faisait courir sa flamme Et l'Aquilon doublait ses longs gémissements; Mais la tempête était trop faible pour mon âme, Qui couvrait le tonnerre avec ses battements. De la dépouille d'or du frêne et de l'érable L'Automne composait son éclatant butin, Et le corbeau toujours, d'un vol inexorable, M'accompagnait sans rien changer à mon destin.
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- by Ioannes Papadiamantopoulos (1856 - 1910), as Jean Moréas, no title, appears in Le Septième Livre des Stances, Poèmes inédits de feu Jean Moréas, no. 4, Paris, Éd. posthume, Imprimerie Bernouard, first published 1920 [author's text not yet checked 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 Pierre (Onfroy) de Bréville (1861 - 1949), "J'allais dans la campagne", 1931, published 1934 [high voice and piano], from Quatre Mélodies, no. 4, Éd. “Au Ménestrel” Heugel [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963), "Air romantique", FP. 46, from Airs chantés, no. 1. [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Romantic air", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Linda Godry) , "Romantic song", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Romantische Weise", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , "Romantische Weise", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 88
I walked the countryside under the oncoming storm, In the pale morning light, under low hanging clouds; A sinster raven was my only company, And my feet splashed through the puddles of water. At the horizon the lighning arrowed its fire downward And the north wind doubled his drawn-out groaning; But the storm was too weak for my soul, Who drowns out the thunder with its beats. The golden glowing foliage of the ash and the acorn Is relished prey to the autumn, And still the raven, with unrelenting persistence Keeps me company without changing my destiny.
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2008 by Linda Godry, (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 Ioannes Papadiamantopoulos (1856 - 1910), as Jean Moréas, no title, appears in Le Septième Livre des Stances, Poèmes inédits de feu Jean Moréas, no. 4, Paris, Éd. posthume, Imprimerie Bernouard, first published 1920
This text was added to the website: 2008-02-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 97