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Dans les ténèbres du jardin (1950) FP 147

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La Fraîcheur et le Feu (FP 147)

Dans les ténèbres du jardin

Dans les ténèbres du jardin
Viennent des filles invisibles
Plus fine qu'à midi l'ondée
Mon sommeil les a pour amies
Elles m'enivrent en secret
De leurs complaisances aveugles.

Into the darkness of the garden

Into the darkness of the garden
Some invisible maidens enter
More delicate than the midday shower
My sleep has them for friends
They intoxicate me secretly
With their blind complaisance.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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