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Rosemonde (1941) H.148

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Petit cours de morale (H.148)


Qu'as-tu vu dans ton exil?
Disait à Spencer sa femme,
à Rome, à Vienne,
à Pergame, à Calcutta? Rien!... fit-il...
Veux-tu découvrir le monde
Ferme tes yeux, Rosemonde.


What did you see in exile?
His wife would ask Spencer,
In Rome, in Vienna, in Pergamum,
In Calcutta? - Nothing!... he would say
If you wish to discover the world
Close your eyes, Rosemonde.
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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