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Rayon des yeux (1950) FP 147

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La Fraîcheur et le Feu (FP 147)

Rayon des yeux

Rayons des yeux et des soleils
Des ramures et des fontaines
Lumière du sol et du ciel
De l'homme et de l'oublie de l'homme
Un nuage couvre le sol
Un nuage couvre le ciel
Soudain la lumière m'oublie
La mort seule demeure entière
Je suis une ombre je ne vois plus
Le soleil jaune le soleil rouge
Le soleil blanc le ciel changeant
Je ne sais plus
La place du bonheur vivant
Au bord de l'ombre sans ciel ni terre.

Beams of eyes

Beams of eyes and suns
Of branches and of fountains
Light of earth and sky
Of man and man's oblivion
A cloud covers the earth
A cloud covers the sky
Suddenly the light forgets me
Death alone remains entire
I am a shadow I no longer see
The yellow sun the red sun
The white sun the changing sky
I no longer know
Where living joy abides
At the shadow's edge with neither earth nor sky.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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