Les Berceaux, Op. 23, No. 1 (Gabriel Fauré)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-21).  Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 181 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English translation by Isabella G. Parker. Editions in C and A Minor.
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Editor: Pierre Gouin (submitted 2006-08-18).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright © Les Éditions Outremontaises, 2006, original key.

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Title: Les Berceaux, Op. 23, No. 1
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Lyricist: René-François Sully-Prudhommecreate page (1839-1907)

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: Piano

Published: 1881

Description: Dedicated to Mlle Alice Boissonnet.

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Original text and translations

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Le long du Quai, les grands vaisseaux,
Que la houle incline en silence,
Ne prennent pas garde aux berceaux,
Que la main des femmes balance.

Mais viendra le jour des adieux,
Car il faut que les femmes pleurent,
Et que les hommes curieux
Tentent les horizons qui leurrent!

Et ce jour-là les grands vaisseaux,
Fuyant le port qui diminue,
Sentent leur masse retenue
Par l’âme des lointains berceaux.