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Apaisement

by Ernest Chausson

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Apaisement (1870)
French source: Paul Verlaine

La lune blanche
Luit dans les bois.
De chaque branche
Part une voix
Sous la ramée …

Ô bien-aimée.

L' étang reflète,
Profond miroir,
La silhouette
Du saule noir
Ou le vent pleure …

Rêvons, c'est I'heure.

Un vaste et tendre
Apaisement
Semble descendre
Du firmament
Que I'astre irise.

C'est l'heure exquise.

Consolation
English translation © Richard Stokes

The white moon
Gleams in the woods;
From every branch
There comes a voice
Beneath the boughs...

O my beloved.

The pool reflects,
Deep mirror,
The silhouette
Of the black willow
Where the wind is weeping...

Let us dream, it is the hour.

A vast and tender
Consolation
Seems to fall
From the sky
The moon illumines...

Exquisite hour.

Apaisement (1870)
French source: Paul Verlaine

Consolation
English source: Richard Stokes

La lune blanche
The white moon
Luit dans les bois.
Gleams in the woods;
De chaque branche
From every branch
Part une voix
There comes a voice
Sous la ramée …
Beneath the boughs...

Ô bien-aimée.
O my beloved.

L' étang reflète,
The pool reflects,
Profond miroir,
Deep mirror,
La silhouette
The silhouette
Du saule noir
Of the black willow
Ou le vent pleure …
Where the wind is weeping...

Rêvons, c'est I'heure.
Let us dream, it is the hour.

Un vaste et tendre
A vast and tender
Apaisement
Consolation
Semble descendre
Seems to fall
Du firmament
From the sky
Que I'astre irise.
The moon illumines...

C'est l'heure exquise.
Exquisite hour.

Composer

Ernest Chausson

Amédée-Ernest Chausson was a French romantic composer. From 1886 until his death in 1899, Chausson was secretary of the Société Nationale de Musique, met with a number of notable figures during his short lifetime, including the composers Henri…

Poet

Paul Verlaine

Paul-Marie Verlaine was a French poet associated with the Symbolist movement. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle in international and French poetry. Born in Metz, Verlaine was educated at the Lycée Impérial…

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