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La Pluie au matin (1901)

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Musique de scène pour les Chansons de Bilitis

La Pluie au matin

La nuit s'efface. Les étoiles s'éloignent. Voici
que les dernières courtisanes sont rentrées avec
les amants. Et moi, dans la pluie du matin,
j'écris ces vers sur le sable.
Les feuilles sont chargées d'eau brillante. Des
ruisseaux à travers les sentiers entraînent la
terre et les feuilles mortes. La pluie, goutte à
goutte, fait des trous dans ma chanson.
Oh! que je suis triste et seule ici! Les plus
jeunes ne me regardent pas; les plus âgés m'ont
oubliée. C'est bien. Ils apprendront mes vers, et
les enfants de leurs enfants.
Voilà ce que ni Myrtalê, ni Thaïs, ni Glykéra
ne se diront, le jour où leurs belles joues seront
creuses. Ceux qui aimeront après moi
chanteront mes strophes ensemble.

The Morning Rain

The night fades. The stars move away. Here
the last courtesans have returned with lovers.
And me, in the morning rain, I write these
verses in the sand.
The leaves are weighed with brilliant water.
The streams that cross the paths carry away the
earth and the dead leaves. The rain, drop by
drop makes holes in my song.
Oh! how I am sad and alone here! The
youngest don’t look at me; the oldest have
forgotten me. It’s well. They will learn my
verses and the children of their children.
Here is neither Myrtalê, nor Thaïs, nor Glykéra
will say to each other, the day when their
beautiful cheeks will be sunken. Those who
will love after me will sing together my

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