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Bénarès: Naissance de Bouddha (1912)


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Quatre poèmes hindous


Bénarès: Naissance de Bouddha

En ce temps-là fut annoncé
la venue de Bouddha sur la terre.
Il se fit dans le ciel un grand bruit de nuages.
Les Dieux, agitant leurs éventails et leurs vêtements,
répandirent d’innombrables fleurs merveilleuses.
Des parfums mystérieux et doux se croisèrent
comme des lianes dans le souffle tiède de cette nuit de printemps.
La perle divine de la pleine lune
s’arrêta sur le palais de marbre,
gardé par vingt mille éléphants,
pareils à des collines grises de la couleur de nuages.

Benares: The birth of Buddha

It was then that the coming of Buddha
was announced on earth.
The sky filled with a great clamour of clouds.
The Gods, flourishing their fans and robes,
scattered innumerable marvellous flowers.
Mysterious and sweet scents intermingled
like creepers in the warm breath of that spring night.
The sacred pearl of the full moon
hung above the marble palace,
guarded by twenty thousand elephants,
like grey hills the colour of clouds.
Translations by Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Composer

Maurice Delage was a French composer and pianist.

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