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Cécile (1941) H.148

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Petit cours de morale (H.148)


Le grand Chinois de Lancastre
Vous attire avec des fleurs...
Puis vous inonde d'odeurs...
Bientôt sa pipe est votre astre!
Du lys au pavot, Cécile,
La route, hélas! est docile.


The great Chinaman of Lancaster
Attracts you with flowers...
Then smothers you with fragrances...
Soon his pipe's your guiding star!
From lillies to poppies, Cécile,
The path, alas, is an easy one.
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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