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Au cimetière Op. 51 no.2

Au cimetière

Heureux qui meurt ici
Que les oiseaux des champs!
Son corps près des amis
Est mis
Dans l’herbe et dans les chants.
Il dort d’un bon sommeil
Sous le ciel radieux.
Tous ceux qu’il a connus,
Lui font de longs adieux.
À sa croix les parents
Restent agenouillés;
Et ses os, sous les fleurs,
De pleurs
Sont doucement mouillés.
Chacun sur le bois noir
Peut voir
S’il était jeune ou non,
Et peut avec de vrais
L’appeler par son nom.
Combien plus malchanceux
Sont ceux
Qui meurent à la mé,
Et sous le flot profond
S’en vont
Loin du pays aimé!
Ah! pauvres, qui pour seuls
Ont les goëmons verts
Où l’on roule inconnu,
Tout nu,
Et les yeux grands ouverts.

Au cimetière

Happy he who dies here
As the birds of the fields!
His body near his friends
Is laid
Amid the grass, amid the songs.
He sleeps a good sleep,
Beneath the radiant sky.
All those he has known
Are come
To bid him a long farewell.
By the cross his weeping
Remain kneeling,
And his bones beneath the flowers
With tears
Are gently watered.
On the black wood all
Can see
If he was young or not,
And can with true
Call him by his name.
How much more unfortunate
Are they
Who die at sea,
And beneath deep waters
Far from their beloved land!
Ah! poor souls! whose only
Is the green seaweed,
Where they roll unknown,
And with wide-open eyes.

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​"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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Jean Richepin, French poet, novelist and dramatist, the son of an army doctor, was born at Médéa, French Algeria.

At school and at the École Normale Supérieure he gave evidence of brilliant, if somewhat undisciplined, powers, for which he found physical vent in different directions—first as a franc-tireur in the Franco-German War, and afterwards as actor, sailor and stevedore—and an intellectual outlet in the writing of poems, plays and novels which vividly reflected his erratic but unmistakable talent. A play, L'Étoile, written by him in collaboration with André Gill (1840–1885), was produced in 1873; but Richepin was virtually unknown until the publication, in 1876, of a volume of verse entitled La Chanson des gueux, when his outspokenness resulted in his being imprisoned and fined for outrage aux mœurs.

The same quality characterized his succeeding volumes of verse: Les Caresses (1877), Les Blasphèmes (1884), La Mer (1886), Mes paradis (1894), La Bombarde (1899). His novels have developed in style from the morbidity and brutality of Les morts bizarres (1876), La Glu (1881) and Le Pavé (1883) to the more thoughtful psychology of Madame André (1878), Sophie Monnier (1884), Cisarine (1888), L'Aîné (1893), Grandes amoureuses (1896) and La Gibasse (1899), and the more simple portrayal of life in Miarka (1883), Les Braves Gens (1886), Truandailles (1890), La Miseloque (1892) and Flamboche (1895).

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