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La maison (1936)

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La maison

Cette maison nous allons la quitter:
Je la vois dans ton oeil.
Nous quitterons nos corps aussi:
Je les vois dans ton oeil.
Toutes ces images de douleur qui s'impriment dans ton oeil,
Ton oeil ne les retrouvera plus:
Quand nous contemplerons la Vérité,
Dans des corps purs, jeunes, éternellement lumineux.

The House

We shall be leaving this house:
I can see it in your eye.
We shall be leaving our bodies too:
I can see them in your eye.
All these images of pain imprinted on your eye,
Your eye shall not find them again:
When we come to gaze on Truth
In bodies pure, young, and ever luminous.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles Messiaen was a French composer, organist, and ornithologist. He wrote music for chamber ensembles and orchestra, vocal music, as well as for solo organ and piano, and also experimented with the use of novel electronic instruments developed in Europe during his lifetime.

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