by Edmond Haraucourt (1856 - 1941)
Translation © by Edmund Hodges

Partir, c'est mourir un peu
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG GER SPA
Partir, c'est mourir un peu,
C'est mourir à ce qu'on aime:
On laisse un peu de soi-même
En toute heure et dans tout lieu.

C'est toujours le deuil d'un vœu,
Le dernier vers d'un poème;
Partir, c'est mourir un peu,
C'est mourir à ce qu'on aime.

Et l'on part, et c'est un jeu,
Et jusqu'à l'adieu suprême
C'est son âme que l'on sème,
Que l'on sème en chaque adieu:
Partir, c'est mourir un peu.

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  • ENG English (Edmund Hodges) , "Song of Farewell", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas Ang) , "Song of Farewell", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Abschiedslied", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Danilo Serrano) , "Canción del adiós", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Thomas Ang

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 74

Song of Farewell
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
To part is to die a little
To die to what we love
One leaves a little of one's self
In every hour and in every place

It is always the mourning of a wish
The last verse of a poem
To part is to die a little
To die to what we love

And one leaves, and it's a game
And until the final farewell
With one's soul one makes
One's mark at each goodbye
To part is to die a little

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 83