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Zéphyr (1881) L12

Zéphyr

Si j’étais le Zéphyr ailé,
J’irais mourir sur votre bouche.
Ces voiles, j’en aurais la clé,
Si j’étais le Zéphyr ailé.
Près des seins, pour qui je brûlais,
Je me glisserais dans la couche.
Si j’étais le Zéphyr ailé,
J’irais mourir sur votre bouche.

Zephyr

Were I the winged Zephyr,
I would fly to your lips and die.
I would possess the key to these veils,
Were I the winged Zephyr.
I would slide into your bed,
Nestling against the breasts that inflame me.
Were I the winged Zephyr,
I would fly to your lips and die.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Composer

(Achille) Claude Debussy was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Poet

Théodore Faullain de Banville was a French poet and writer.


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