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Chanson (ombre du bois) (1901)

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Musique de scène pour les Chansons de Bilitis

Chanson (ombre du bois)

« Ombre du bois où elle devait venir, dis-moi,
où est allée ma maîtresse? — Elle est
descendue dans la plaine. — Plaine, où est
allée ma maîtresse? — Elle a suivi les bords du
— Beau fleuve qui l'a vue passer, dis-moi, estelle
près d'ici? — Elle m'a quitté pour le
chemin. — Chemin, la vois-tu encore? — Elle
m'a laissé pour la route.
— O route blanche, route de la ville, dis-moi,
où l'as-tu conduite? — A la rue d'or qui entre à
Sardes. — O rue de lumière, touches-tu ses
pieds nus? — Elle est entrée au palais du roi.
— O palais, splendeur de la terre, rends-lamoi!
— Regarde, elle a des colliers sur les
seins et des houppes dans les cheveux, cent
perles le long des jambes, deux bras autour de
la taille. »

Song (Shadow of the woods)

“Shadow of the woods where she was
supposed to come, tell me, where has my
mistress gone? – She has gone to the plain. –
Plain, where has my mistress gone? – She
followed the banks of the river.
– Beautiful river who saw her pass, tell me, is
she close to here? – She left me for the path. –
Path, do you see her still? – She left me for the
– Oh white road, road to the city, tell me,
where have you led her? – To the street of gold
into Sardes. – Oh road of light, do you touch
her bare feet? – She entered the king’s palace.
– Oh palace, spendor of the earth, give her
back to me! – Look, she has necklaces on her
breasts and circlets in her hair, one hundred
pearls down to her legs, two arms around her

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