Comme l'ombre fragile (Pierre Maniez)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-22)   CPDL #35846:     
Editor: Pierre Maniez (submitted 2015-06-22).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: comme l'ombre fragile
Composer: Pierre Maniez
Lyricist: Jean-Baptiste Chassignet

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 2009

Description: Based upon a baroque french poem by CHASSIGNET

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Compte les ans, les mois, les heures et les jours
et les poins de ta vie, et me dis, malhabile :
Où ils s’en sont allez, comme l’ombre fragile
Ils se sont escoulez sans espoir de retour.

Nous mourons et nos jours roulent d’un viste cours
l’un l’autre se poussans comme l’onde labile
qui ne retourne point mais sa course mobile
d’une même roideur précipite toujours.

Toujours le temps s’enfuit et n’est point réparable
quand il est dépensé en œuvre dommageable.
Nos jour ne sont sinon qu’une petite espace
qui vole au vent messager qui passe
pour sa commission et ne retourne plus.

English.png English translation

Like the fragile shadows
Count the years, the hours and the points of your life
And tell me awkwardly where they have gone.
Like the fragile shadows they dwindled away
With no hope of returning.
 
We are dying and our days are flowing
Swiftly pushing one another like the fluid waters
That never return but keep rushing their course ever.
Ever time keeps fleeing and cannot be repaired
Once spent in damageable work.
 
Our days are but a diminutive space
Like the wind blowing a messenger
Flying by to bring its commission home
Never to return.