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Homme au sourire tendre (1950) FP 147

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La Fraîcheur et le Feu (FP 147)

Homme au sourire tendre

Homme au sourir tendre
Femme aux tendres paupières
Homme aux joues rafraîchies
Femme aux bras doux et frais
Homme aux prunelles calmes
Femme aux lèvres ardentes
Homme aux paroles pleines
Femme aux yeux partagés
Homme aux deux mains utiles
Femme aux mains de raison
Homme aux astres constant
Femme aux seins de durée
Il n'est rien qui vous retient
Mes maîtres de m'éprouver.

Man with the tender smile

Man with the tender smile
Woman with the tender eyelids
Man with the freshened cheeks
Woman with the sweet fresh arms
Man with the calm eyes
Woman with the ardent lips
Man with abundant words
Woman with the shared eyes
Man with the useful hands
Woman with the hands of reason
Man with the steadfast stars
Womans with the enduring breasts
There is nothing that prevents you
My masters from testing me.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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