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Irène (1941) H.148

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Petit cours de morale (H.148)


Le lord prévôt d'Edimbourg
Dit que l'amour est chimère.
Mais un jour il perd sa mère...
Ses larmes coulent toujours.
Irène petite Irène.
L'Amour c'est la grande peine.


The Lord Provost of Edinburgh
Says that love's a chimera.
But one day he loses his mother...
And still his tears are flowing.
Irène, little Irène,
Love is the great sorrow.
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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