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Romance 'Silence inéffable' (1883) L43

Romance 'Silence inéffable'

Silence ineffable de l’heure
Où le cœur aimant sur un cœur
Se laisse en aller et s’endort,
—Sur un cœur aimant qui l’adore! …
Musique tendre des paroles,
Comme un sanglot de rossignols,
Si tendre qu’on voudrait mourir,
—Sur la bouche qui les soupire! …
L’ivresse ardente de la vie
Fait défaillir l’amant ravi,
Et l’on n’entend battre qu’un cœur,
—Musique et silence de l’heure! …

Romance 'Ineffable silence'

Ineffable silence of the hour
When the loving heart abandons itself
And sleeps on a loving heart
—Which adores it! …
Tender music of the words,
Like a sobbing nightingale,
So tender one would wish to die
—On the mouth that sighs them! …
Ardent intoxication of life
Makes the enraptured lover swoon,
And one hears the beating of a single heart,
—Music, and the silence of the hour! …
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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