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Le martin-pêcheur (1906)

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Histoires naturelles

Le martin-pêcheur

Ça n’a pas mordu, ce soir, mais je rapporte une rare émotion.
Comme je tenais ma perche de ligne tendue, un martin-pêcheur est venu s’y poser.
Nous n’avons pas d’oiseau plus éclatant.
Il semblait une grosse fleur bleue au bout d’une longue tige.
La perche pliait sous le poids. Je ne respirais plus, tout fier d’être pris pour un arbre par un martin-pêcheur.
Et je suis sûr qu’il ne s’est pas envolé de peur, mais qu’il a cru qu’il ne faisait que passer d’une branche à une autre.

The Kingfisher

Not a bite, this evening, but I had a rare experience.
As I was holding out my fishing rod, a kingfisher came and perched on it.
We have no bird more brilliant.
He was like a great blue flower at the tip of a long stem. The rod bent beneath the weight.
I held my breath, so proud to be taken for a tree by a kingfisher.
And I’m sure he did not fly off from fear, but thought he was simply flitting from one branch to another.

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Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer, pianist and conductor.  In the 1920s and 1930s he was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer. He was one of the first composers to acknowledge the potential of recording in making music accessible to a broad public, and in the 1920s several recordings of his work were made.

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