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Extase (1874)


Sur un lys pâle mon cœur dort
D’un sommeil doux comme la mort …
Mort exquise, mort parfumée
Du souffle de la bien-aimée …
Sur ton sein pâle mon cœur dort
D’un sommeil doux comme la mort …


On a pale lily my heart is sleeping
A sleep as sweet as death:
Exquisite death, death perfumed
By the breath of the beloved:
On your pale breast my heart is sleeping…
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Eugène Marie Henri Fouques Duparc (21 January 1848 – 12 February 1933) was a French composer of the late Romantic period.

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