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Albert Giraud

Albert Giraud (1860-1929) was a Belgian poet writing in the French language.

He was a minor Symbolist poet. His published works include Pierrot lunaire: Rondels bergamasques (1884), a poem cycle based on the commedia dell'arte figure of Pierrot, and La Guirlande des Dieux (1910). His chief claim to fame, though, was that the composer Arnold Schönberg set a German language version of selections from his Pierrot lunaire to innovative atonal music[?].


Coucher de soleil

Le Soleil s'est ouvert les veines
Sur un lit de nuages roux:
Son sang, par la bouche des trous,
S'éjacule en rouges fontaines.

Les rameaux convulsifs des chênes
Flagellent les horizons fous;
Le Soleil s'est ouvert les veines
Sur un lit de nuages roux:

Comme, après les hontes romaines,
Un débauché plein de dégoûts
Laissant jusqu'aux sales égouts
Saigner ses artères malsaines,
Le Soleil s'est ouvert les veines!

--- Pierrot Lunaire

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