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Tout disparut (1950) FP 147


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La Fraîcheur et le Feu (FP 147)


Tout disparut

Tout disparut même les toits même le ciel
Même l'ombre tombée des branches
Sur les cimes des mousses tendres
Mêmes les mots et les regards bien accordés
Sœurs mirotières de mes larmes
Les étoiles brillaient autour de ma fenêtre
Et mes yeux refermant leurs ailes pour la nuit
Vivaient d'un univers sans bornes.

All vanished

All vanished even the roofs even the sky
Even the shade fallen from the branches
Onto the tips of soft mosses
Even the words and harmonious glances
Sisters mirroring my tears
Stars shone round my window
And my eyes closing once more their wings for the night
Lived in the limitless universe.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Composer

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (F7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music.

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Poet

Paul Éluard was a French poet and one of the founders of the surrealist movement.


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