The English version presented below is a literal, word-for-word translation. It attempts to preserve the poet's word order as far as possible, for a better appreciation of the composer's musical treatment of individual words and phrases. Download track from iTunes.
Si pâle à l’horizon lointain
Nul bruit, sinon son pas sonore,
Mon coeur craintif, mon sombre coeur
Pale on the far horizon
No noise, save for his resounding footsteps
My fearful heart, my sombre heart