by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Calmes dans le demi‑jour
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG ENG GER GER GRE SPA
Calmes dans le demi-jour
Que les branches hautes font,
Pénétrons bien notre amour
De ce silence profond.

[Fondons]1 nos âmes, nos cœurs
Et nos sens extasiés,
Parmi les vagues langueurs
Des pins et des arbousiers.

Ferme tes yeux à demi,
Croise tes bras sur ton sein,
Et de ton cœur endormi
Chasse à jamais tout dessein.

Laissons-nous persuader
Au souffle berceur et doux
Qui vient, à tes pieds, rider
Les ondes des gazons roux.

Et quand, solennel, le soir
Des chênes noirs tombera
Voix de notre désespoir,
Le rossignol chantera.

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1 Fauré: "Mêlons"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by John Alden Carpenter (1876 - 1951) , "When the misty shadows glide" ; composed by John Alden Carpenter.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Robert A. Simon ; composed by Bernard Wagenaar.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Clayton Johns.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by C. F. Karthaus, F. E. Simon.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Franz Evers (1871 - 1947) , "In stiller Dämmerung" ; composed by Richard Trunk.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Anna Brull Piñol) , "Calms, dins el capvespre", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Muted", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Laura Claycomb) (Peter Grunberg) , "Muted", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) (Julie Nezami-Tavi) , copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Gedämpften Tons", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Απαλή αγάπη", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Pablo Sabat) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Didier Pelat

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-05-23 13:39:06
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Gedämpften Tons
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Lass uns still im Dämmerlicht
unter hoher Bäume Zweigen
in des Schweigens Angesicht
unsre Liebe wohl erzeigen.

Mög' uns Herz und Seel' zergehn
und verzückter Sinne Träume
bei dem sehnsuchtsvollen Wehn
der Pinien und Erdbeerbäume.

Schließe halb die Augen  zu,
leg die Hände in den Schoß,
sage in des Herzens Ruh
dich von allem Wollen  los.

Wiegen möge uns der Wind,
der sich sanft und schmeichelnd regt
und  zu deinen Füßen lind
kräuselnd mattes Gras bewegt.

Wenn von schwarzer Eichen Rund
ernst der Abend sinkt hernieder,
wird unsre Verzweiflung kund
in der Nachtigallen Lieder.

Authorship

  • Translation from French (Français) to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2011 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2011-03-15 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:17
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Word count: 94