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Air grave (1927) FP46

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Airs chantés (FP46)

Air grave

Ah! fuyez à présent,
malheureuses pensées!
O! colère, ô remords!
Souvenirs qui m’avez
les deux tempes pressées,
de l’etreinte des morts.
Sentiers de mousse pleins,
vaporeuses fontaines,
grottes profondes, voix
des oiseaux et du vent
lumières incertaines
des sauvages sous-bois.
Insectes, animaux,
Beauté future,
Ne me repousse pas
Ô divine nature,
Je suis ton suppliant
Ah! fuyez à présent,
colère, remords!

Grave Air

Ah! begone now,
Unhappy thoughts!
O anger! O remorse!
Memories that oppressed
My two temples
With the embrace of the dead.
Paths full of moss,
Vaporous fountains,
Deep grottoes, voices
Of birds and wind,
Fitful lights
Of the wild undergrowth.
Insects, animals,
Beauty to come –
Do not repulse me,
O divine nature,
I am your suppliant.
Ah! begone now,
Anger, remorse!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (F7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music.

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