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Madras: Une belle (1912)

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Quatre poèmes hindous

Madras: Une belle

Une belle à la taille svelte
se promène sous les arbres de la forêt,
en se reposant de temps en temps.
Ayant relevé de la main
les trois voiles d’or
qui lui couvre les seins,
elle renvoie à la lune
les rayons dont elle était baignée.

Madras: A beautiful woman

A beautiful woman, with a slim waist,
walks beneath the forest trees,
halting to rest from time to time.
Lifting with her hand
the three golden veils
that cover her breasts,
she reflects back to the moon
the rays in which she was bathed.
Translations by Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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