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Romance


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Les Consolations des misères de ma vie


Romance

Alexis depuis deux ans
Adorait Glycère
Il cachait depuis ce temps ses tendres sentiments
Un jour il apperçut la mère
Qui dans la plaine travaillait
Il vole aux pieds de la Bergère
Pour lui conter ce qu’il souffrait
Il frappa tout doucement,
Elle ouvrit la porte ;
Ah ! dit-il, un seul moment,
Ecoutez mon tourment.
De la tendresse la plus forte
Laissez-moi vous conter l’ardeur,
Et dans mon âame presque morte
Faites renaître le bonheur.
La peur fit qu’elle jura
D’aller sur l’herbette :
Il prit sa main la baisa,
Et puis il s’en alla.
Le lendemain la Bergerette
Voulout accomplir son serment ;
Helas ! on dit que la pauvrette
Perdit beaucoup en s’acquittant.

Romance

Alexis had adored Glycère
for two years
and all that time he hid his tender feelings.
One day he saw the mother
working in the plain,
he flies to the feet of his shepherdess
to tell her of all his was suffering.
He knocked very gently,
she opened the door.
Ah! he said, listen to my torments
for a single moment.
Let me tell you the strength
of my overpowering ardour,
and rekindle hope
in my expiring soul.
Her fear meant that she promised
to come out on to the grass.
He took her hand and kissed it,
and then went away.
The next day the young shepherdess
wanted to keep her promise.
Alas! they say that the poor girl
lost much in paying her debt.

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