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Épouvante (1936)


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Épouvante

Ha ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ho!
N'enfouis pas tes souvenirs dans la terre, tu ne les retrouverais plus.
Ne tire pas, ne froisse pas, ne déchire pas.
Des lambeaux sanglants te suivraient dans les ténèbres
Comme une vomissure triangulaire,
Et le choc bruyant des anneaux sur la portée irréparable
Rythmerait ton désespoir
Pour rassasier les puissances du feu.
Ha ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ho!

Terror

Ha ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ho!
Don't bury your memories in earth, you will not find them again.
Don't pull, don't crease, don't tear.
The bloodied shreds would pursue you in the dark
Like a triangular lump of vomit,
And the clanging of rings on the door beyond repair
Would beat time to your despair
To satiate the powers of fire.
Ha ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ho!
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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