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La grande rivière qui va (1950) FP 147

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La Fraîcheur et le Feu (FP 147)

La grande rivière qui va

La grande rivière qui va
Grande au soleil et petite à la lune
Par tous chemins à l'aventure
Ne m'aura pas pour la montrer du doigt
Je sais le sort de la lumière
J'en ai assez pour jouer son éclat
Pour me parfaire au dos de mes paupières
Pour que rien ne vive sans moi.

The great river that flows

The great river that flows
Vast beneath the sun and small beneath the moon
In all directions randomly
Will not have me to point it out
I know the spell of light
I've enough of it to play with its lustre
To perfect myself behind my eyelids
To ensure that nothing lives without me.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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