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Le gibet

Language: English

    Que vois-je remuer autour de ce Gibet?

Ah! ce que j'entends, serait-ce la bise nocturne qui glapit, ou le
pendu qui pousse un soupir sur la fourche patibulaire?
Serait-ce quelque grillon qui chante tapi dans la mousse et le lierre
stérile dont par pitié se chausse le bois?
Serait-ce quelque mouche en chasse sonnant du cor autour de ces
oreilles sourdes à la fanfare des hallali?

Serait-ce quelque escarbot qui cueille en son vol inégal un cheveu
sanglant à son crâne chauve?

Ou bien serait-ce quelque araignée qui brode une demi-aune de
mousseline pour cravate à ce col étranglé?

C'est la cloche qui tinte aux murs d'une ville sous l'horizon, et la
carcasse d'un pendu que rougit le soleil couchant.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2011-06-04.

Notes about what "text verified" means can be found here.

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