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Nous nous aimerons (1914)

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Clairières dans le ciel

Nous nous aimerons

Nous nous aimerons tant que nous tairons nos mots,
en nous tendant la main, quand nous nous reverrons.
Vous serez ombragée par d’anciens rameaux
sur le banc que je sais où nous nous assoierons.
Donc nous nous assoierons sur ce banc tous deux seuls …
D’un long moment, ô mon amie, vous n’oserez …
Que vous me serez douce et que je tremblerai …

We shall love each other

We shall love each other so, that we shall be silent
as we hold out hands when we next meet.
You will be shaded by old branches
on the bench where I know we shall both sit down.
And so we shall sit down on this bench, we two alone...
For a long while, my friend, you will not dare...
How gentle you will be with me and how I shall tremble...
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Marie-Juliette Olga Boulanger was a French composer, and the first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize. Her older sister was the noted composer and composition teacher Nadia Boulanger.

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