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Ô mort, poussière d'étoiles (1906) Op. 95 no.10

Part of a series or song cycle:

La chanson d'Ève (Op. 95)

Ô mort, poussière d'étoiles

Ô mort, poussière d’étoiles,
Lève-toi sous mes pas!
Viens, ô douce vague qui brille
Dans les ténèbres;
Emporte-moi dans ton néant!
Viens, souffle sombre où je vacille,
Comme une flamme ivre de vent!
C’est en toi que je veux m’étendre,
M’éteindre et me dissoudre,
Mort, où mon âme aspire!
Viens, brise-moi comme une fleur d’écume.
Une fleur de soleil à la cime
Des eaux,
Et comme d’une amphore d’or
Un vin de flamme et d’arome divin,
Épanche mon âme
En ton abîme, pour qu’elle embaume
La terre sombre et le souffle des morts.

O death, starry dust

O death, starry dust,
Rise up where I tread!
Come, gentle wave that shines
In the darkness:
Bear me off into your void!
Come, dark sigh in which I tremble,
Like a wind-intoxicated flame!
It is in you that I wish to be absorbed,
To be extinguished and dissolved,
Death, to which my soul aspires!
Come, break me like a flower of foam,
A speck of sun in the crest
Of the waves,
And like a golden amphora’s
Flaming wine of heavenly fragrance,
Pour my soul
Into your abyss, that it might perfume
The dark earth and the breath of the dead.

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​"Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, nocturnes for piano and the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune". Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a more harmonically and melodically complex style." (Wikipedia)

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Charles van Lerberghe was a Flemish (Belgian) symbolist poet writing in French.

His poetry was set by Gabriel Fauré in the song cycles La chanson d'Ève and Le jardin clos.

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