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Les cigales

Language: French (Français)

 Le soleil est droit sur la sente,
 L'ombre bleuit sous les figuiers;
 Ces cris au loin multipliés,
 C'est midi, c'est midi qui chante.
 Sous l'astre qui conduit le chœur,
 Les chanteuses dissimulées
 Jettent leurs rauques ululées
 De quel infatigable cœur.

  Les cigales, ces bestioles,
  Ont plus d'âme que les violes;
  Les cigales, les cigalons,
  Chantent mieux que les violons! 

 S'en donnent-elles, les cigales,
 Sur les tas de poussière gris,
 Sous les oliviers rabougris
 Étoilés de fleurettes pâles.
 Et grises de chanter ainsi,
 Elles font leur musique folle;
 Et toujours leur chanson s'envole
 Des touffes du gazon roussi!


 Aux rustres épars dans le chaume,
 Le grand astre torrentiel,
 À larges flots, du haut du ciel,
 Verse le sommeil et son baume.
 Tout est mort, rien ne bruit plus
 Qu'elles, toujours, les forcenées,
 Entre les notes égrenées
 De quelque lointain angélus!

Translation(s): ENG


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 [singable] (Peter Low) , title 1: "The cicadas", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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