Dans l'herbe

by Francis Poulenc From Fiançailles pour Rire (1939) FP 101

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Dans l'herbe

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In the grass
English translation © Richard Stokes

I can say nothing more
Do nothing more for him.
He died for his fair one
He died a fair death
Beneath the tree of Justice
In utter silence
In open country
In the grass.

He died unnoticed
Crying out as he passed away
Calling, calling me
But since I was far from him
And since his voice no longer carried
He died alone in the woods
Beneath his childhood tree
And I can say nothing more
Do nothing more for him.

Translations by Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

Dans l'herbe

In the grass
English source: Richard Stokes

This text is still in copyright.
I can say nothing more


Francis Poulenc

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (F7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Read the full…

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