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Chanson d'Ophélie (1910)

Chanson d'Ophélie

II est mort ayant bien souffert.
Madame, il est parti, c'est une chose faite.
Une pierre a ses pieds et pour poser à sa tête
Un tertre vert.
Sur le linceul de neige à pleines mains semées
Mille fleurs parfumées.
Avant d'aller sous terre avec lui sans retour.
Dans leur jeunesse épanouie
Ont bu, comme une fraîche pluie.
Les larmes du sincère amour.

Chanson d'Ophélie

He is dead, having suffered much.
He is gone, that is a fact.
At his feet a stone and at his head
A grass-green turf.
On the snow blanket are plentifully sewn
A thousand scented flowers.
Which, before going with him into the earth without return.
In their bright youth
Drank, as if fresh rain drops.
The tears of true love.

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