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Surgi de la croupe et du bond D'une verrerie éphémère Sans fleurir la veillée amère Le col ignoré s'interrompt. Je crois bien que deux bouches n'ont Bu, ni son amant ni ma mère, Jamais à la même chimère, Moi, sylphe de ce froid plafond! Le pur vase d'aucun breuvage Que l'inexhaustible veuvage Agonise mais ne consent, Naïf baiser des plus funèbres! À rien expirer annonçant Une rose dans les ténèbres.
- by Stéphane Mallarmé (1842 - 1898), "Surgi de la croupe et du bond", appears in Poésies, in Plusieurs sonnets, first published 1887 [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 Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937), "Surgi de la croupe et du bond", M. 64 no. 3 (1913), published 1914 [voice, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 violins, viola, cello, piano], from Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, no. 3, Paris, Durand [ sung text verified 1 time]
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- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Sorgit de la gropa i del saltant", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Peter Low) , "Rising up from its bulge and stem", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Rising up from its bulge and stem of fragile glassware - with no flowers to crown its bitter vigil - the vase's neglected neck stops short. I do believe the mouths of my mother and her lover never drank from the same love-cup (I, sylph of this cold ceiling). The vase untouched by any drink except eternal widowhood is dying yet never consents - oh naïve funereal kiss! - to breathe out anything that might herald a rose in the darkness.
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2012 by Peter Low, (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 Stéphane Mallarmé (1842 - 1898), "Surgi de la croupe et du bond", appears in Poésies, in Plusieurs sonnets, first published 1887
This text was added to the website: 2012-03-29
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