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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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