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La cendre rouge


Mai ! Les arbres du verger
Sont poudrés de neige rose !
Mai ! S'envole ma névrose !
Mai ! Mon cœur est plus léger !
Mai ! La brise est plus câline !
Mai ! Va-t'en, nuage gris !
Les fillettes de Paris
Se voilent de mousseline.
Mai ! Le moine en sa cellule
Est troublé par les oiseaux.
Mai ! Déjà sur les roseaux
Voltige la libellule.
Mai ! Madame l'hirondelle
Fait des trilles sur le toit.
Je me sens renaître.
Et toi, ne renais-tu point, ma belle !
Mai ! Le garςon fait le guet
Avec un amoureux zèle
Pour parer sa demoiselle
De quatre brins de muguet.
Mai ! L'on parque les moutons !
Jouons une pastorale !
Mai ! La joie est générale !
Mai ! Tous nous ressuscitons !
Mai ! Quel délice physique !
Mai ! Quel aimable frisson !
Mai ! J'ai fait cette chanson !
Mai ! Qu'on la mette en musique !

May (from 'Red Ashes')

May! The trees of the orchard
Are powdered with pink snow!
May! My neurosis resolves!
May! My heart is lighter!
May! The breeze blows more caressingly!
May! Be gone, grey cloud!
Young Parisian girls
Veil themselves with muslin.
May! The monk in his cell
Is disturbed by the birds.
May! Already the dragon-fly
Flutters above the reeds.
May! Madame Swallow
Trills on the roof.
I feel myself reborn.
And you, my beloved, are you not also reborn!
May! The boy’s on the look-out
With amorous zeal
To adorn his young lady
With four lily-of-the-valley sprays.
May! The sheep are penned!
Let’s strike up a pastorale!
May! Joy is everywhere!!
May! We all revive!
May! What physical delight!
May! What a pleasing frisson!
May! I have written a song!
May! May it be put to music!
from 'Red Ashes'

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Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist of the Romantic era. A musical prodigy, he gave his first concert at only 10 years old, before studying at the Paris Conservatoire.

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