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Avant que tu ne t'en ailles (1894) Op.61 no.6


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La bonne chanson (Op.61)


Avant que tu ne t'en ailles

Avant que tu ne t'en ailles,
Pâle étoile du matin
- Mille cailles
Chantent, chantent dans le thym. -
Tourne devers le poète
Dont les yeux sont pleins d'amour;
- L'alouette
Monte au ciel avec le jour. -
Tourne ton regard que noie
L'aurore dans son azur;
- Quelle joie
Parmi les champs de blé mûr! -
Puis fais luire ma pensée
Là-bas - bien loin, oh, bien loin !
- La rosée
Gaîment brille sur le foin. -
Dans le doux rêve où s'agite
Ma mie endormie encor...
- Vite, vite,
Car voici le soleil d'or. -

Before you fade

Before you fade,
Pale morning star,
- A thousand quail
Are singing, singing in the thyme. -
Turn to the poet
Whose eyes are full of love,
- The lark
Soars heavenward with the day. -
Turn your gaze drowned
In the blue of dawn;
- What delight
Among the fields of ripened corn! -
And make my thoughts gleam
Yonder, far, ah far away!
- The dew
Glints brightly on the hay. -
Into the sweet dream where still asleep
My love is stirring...
- Make haste, make haste,
For here's the golden sun.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

Composer

 

​"Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, nocturnes for piano and the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune". Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a more harmonically and melodically complex style." (Wikipedia)

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Poet

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 Bonaparte (now the Lycée Condorcet) in Paris and then took up a post in the civil service. He began writing poetry at an early age, and was initially influenced by the Parnassien movement and its leader, Leconte de Lisle. Verlaine's first published poem was published in 1863 in La Revue du progrès, a publication founded by poet Louis-Xavier de Ricard. Verlaine was a frequenter of the salon of the Marquise de Ricard (Louis-Xavier de Ricard's mother) at 10 Boulevard des Batignolles and other social venues, where he rubbed shoulders with prominent artistic figures of the day: Anatole France, Emmanuel Chabrier, inventor-poet and humorist Charles Cros, the cynical anti-bourgeois idealist Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Théodore de Banville, François Coppée, Jose-Maria de Heredia, Leconte de Lisle, Catulle Mendes and others. Verlaine's first published collection, Poèmes saturniens (1866), though adversely commented upon by Sainte-Beuve, established him as a poet of promise and originality.

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