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Loin du pays was composed and first published in England; the composer’s own words are openly autobiographical. It is surprising that Mrs Weldon allowed such a public avowal of her house composer’s emotional plight. The pentatonic nature of the vocal line and the extreme simplicity of the accompaniment make it an extremely convincing pastiche of folksong style—a haunting refrain that seems to be age-old rather than newly minted.
Vallons de ma montagne, Qui fleurissez là-bas! Ruisseaux dans la campagne, Vous reverrai-je hélas? De la cruelle absence Qui fait couler mes pleurs, De la cruelle absence Abrège la souffrance Mon Dieu! si non, je meurs!
Et toi qui fuis la terre, Petit oiseau béni! Peut-être à ma chaumière Tu suspendras ton nid! C’est là que mon vieux père Passe les jours en pleurs! Dis à mon pauvre Pierre Que loin de lui je meurs!
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
My mountain valleys That blossom yonder, Streamlets in the countryside— Ah, shall I see you again? End the suffering Of this cruel absence That causes me to weep. End the suffering, O God, or else I’ll die!
And you, blessed little bird, Who flies away from the land, On my cottage, perhaps, You will make your nest! It is there that my old father Weeps away his days! Tell my poor Pierre That far from him I die!