L'Heure Exquise (Reynaldo Hahn)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-22).  Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 181 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Edition in B Major. Lyrics in French and English. English version by George Cooper.

General Information

Title: L’Heure Exquise
Composer: Reynaldo Hahn
Lyricist: Paul Verlaine (1844-1896)

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: French
Instruments: Piano

First published: circa 1917

Description: from Chansons grises, No. 5.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

La lune blanche
luit dans les bois.
De chaque branche
part une voix
sous la ramée.
O bien aimée.

L’étang reflète,
profond miroir,
la silhouette
du saule noir
où le vent pleure.
Rêvons, c’est l’heure.

Un vaste et tendre
apaisement
semble descendre
du firmament
que l’astre irise.
C’est l’heure exquise!