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Alphabet : 7 quatrains of Raymond Radiguet

Word count: 154

Song Cycle by Georges Auric (1899 - 1983)

Original language: Alphabet : 7 quatrains de Raymond Radiguet

1. An album

Language: English after the French (Français)

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To learn is not an imposition,
girl reader who cannot read:
be very careful with this album
born of disastrous delirium.


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2. A boat

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Like a vertical boat, a wild-looking boat,
the dancer without issuing a warning,
without even calling emergency,
died still standing on her points.


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3. Dominoes

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Dominoes, a household game,
enlivens evenings in the country.
Remember grandfather’s proverb:
“Cheat as a child and you’ll end up in prison.”


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4. Butterfly net

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“Butterfly, you are inhuman!
I’ve been chasing you since yesterday.”
So said a schoolgirl
whom I met along the path.


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5. Quatrain for Mallarmé

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A fan that once was a bird,
the exquisite bird of harsh summers,
coolly brushes with its wing
the painted bird on the tea-cup.


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6. Swallow

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The swallow, as everyone knows,
announces the fine weather.
She is not always right,
yet we believe in her.


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7. Dancing-shoe

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There’s a ball in the forest this evening:
on every pine-tree the wood-nymphs
have hung two dancing-shoes,
and their swarthy partners are putting them on.


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