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Le sourire (1930)

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Le sourire

Certain mot murmuré
Par vous est un baiser
Intime et prolongé
Comme un baiser sur l’âme.
Ma bouche veut sourire
Et mon sourire tremble.

The smile

A certain word whispered
By you is a kiss,
Intimate and lingering,
Like a kiss on the soul.
My mouth wishes to smile
And my smile flickers.
Translations by Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles Messiaen was a French composer, organist, and ornithologist. He wrote music for chamber ensembles and orchestra, vocal music, as well as for solo organ and piano, and also experimented with the use of novel electronic instruments developed in Europe during his lifetime.

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