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Ô cet ennui bleu dans le cœur ! Avec la vision meilleure, Dans le clair de lune qui pleure, De mes rêves bleus de langueur ! Cet ennui bleu comme la serre, Où l'on voit closes à travers Les vitrages profonds et verts, Couvertes de lune et de verre ; Les grandes végétations Dont l'oubli nocturne s'allonge, Immobilement comme un songe Sur les roses des passions; Où de l'eau très lente s'élève En mélant la lune et le ciel En un sanglot glauque éternel, Monotonement comme un rêve.
- by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949), "Serre d'ennui", written 1886, appears in Serres chaudes, Paris, Éd. Léon Vanier, first published 1889 [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 Ernest Amédée Chausson (1855 - 1899), "Serre d'ennui", op. 24 no. 2 (1893) [medium voice and piano], from Serres Chaudes, no. 2. [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Sophie Huet) , "Hothouse boredom", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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O this blue boredom of the heart! Even the best vision, The crying moonlight, Of my blue indolent dreams! Boredom blue as the hothouse, Where all is seen through The profound green panes, Covered with moon and glass The great vegetation Where forgotten nights stretches Immobile as wishes On passion's roses. Slow water rises there Mixing with moon and sky And an eternal, monotonous sob like a dream.
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- a text in French (Français) by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949), "Serre d'ennui", written 1886, appears in Serres chaudes, Paris, Éd. Léon Vanier, first published 1889
This text was added to the website: 2009-04-15
Line count: 16
Word count: 68