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L'océan sonore

Language: French (Français)

L'océan sonore
Palpite sous l'oeil
De la lune en deuil
Et palpite encore,

Tandis qu'un éclair
Brutal et sinistre
Fend le ciel de bistre
D'un long zigzag clair,

Et que chaque lame,
En bonds convulsifs
Parmi les récifs,
Va, vient, luit et clame,

Et qu'au firmament,
Où l'ouragan erre
Rugit le tonnerre

Translation(s): ENG GER

Submitted by Geoffrey Wieting


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

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Corinne Orde) , title 1: "Marine", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * GER German (Deutsch) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Seestück", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: English

The resonant ocean
Throbs under the eye
Of the grieving moon
And throbs still.

While a flash of lightning,
Brutal and sinister,
Splits apart the bistre sky
With a long and bright zigzag!

And each blade,
In convulsive leaps
Amid the reefs,
Comes and goes, glows and clamours!

And up to the firmament
Where the hurricane roams,
The thunder roars

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    * Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2008 by Corinne Orde <c (DOT) orde (AT) btinternet (DOT) com>,, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol ©

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Text added to the website: 2008-01-16.