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Le matelot qui tombe à l'eau (Chanson Triste) (1882) L24

Le matelot qui tombe à l'eau (Chanson Triste)

On entend un chant sur l’eau
Dans la brune;
Ce doit être un matelot
Qui veut se jeter à l’eau
Pour la lune.
La lune éclaire le flot
Qui sanglote,
Le matelot tombe à l’eau …
On entend traîner sur l’eau
Quelques notes.

Sad Song

Singing is heard on the water
Through the mist;
It must be a sailor
Wanting to hurl himself into the water
For the moon.
The moon cleaves the waves,
The sobbing waves,
The sailor falls into the water …
A few notes are heard
Drifting across the water.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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