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Adèle (1941) H.148

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Petit cours de morale (H.148)


A Douvres un original
Tombe un jour dans le chenal.
Il appelle au sauvetage.
Il se cramponne au récif.
Mais vers lui nul coeur ne nage...
Adèle, ainsi meur l'oisif.


In Dover an ecccentric
Falls one day into the channel.
He calls the lifeguard.
He clings to the reef.
But not a soul swims out to him...
Idlers die like that, Adèle.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Arthur Honegger was a Swiss composer, who was born in France and lived a large part of his life in Paris. 

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