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S'il arrive jamais (1909)

S'il arrive jamais

S'il arrive jamais
Que nous soyons, sans le savoir,
Souffrance ou peine ou désespoir,
L'un pour l'autre ; s'il se faisait
Que la fatigue ou le banal plaisir
Détendissent en nous l'arc d'or du haut désir ;
Si le cristal de la pure pensée
Doit en nos cœurs tomber et se briser,
Si malgré tout, je me sentais
Vaincu pour n'avoir pas été
Assez en proie à la divine immensité
De la bonté ;
Alors, oh ! serrons-nous comme deux fous sublimes
Qui sous les cieux cassés, se cramponnent aux cimes
Quand même -- et d'un unique essor,
L'âme en soleil, s'exaltent dans la mort.

Should it ever occur

Should it ever occur
That we unwittingly become
Pain, sorrow or despair
For one another; if it ever were
That fatigue or banal pleasure
Loosened up the golden bow of high desire;
If the crystal of pure thought
In our hearts should ever fall and break,
If, in spite of it all, I felt
Defeated for not having been
Sufficiently touched by the divine immensity
Of kindness;
Then, oh, let us embrace like two sublime madmen
Who under broken skies still hang on to the summit –
And in one soaring path,
Our souls bathed in sunlight, exaltedly go to our death.

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Composer

Juliette Nadia Boulanger was a French composer, conductor, and teacher. Her students included Aaron Copland, Dinu Lipatti, Philip Glass and Quincy Jones.

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