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La messagère

Language: French (Français)

Avril, et c'est le point du jour.
Tes blondes sœurs qui te ressemblent,
En ce moment, toutes ensembles
S'avancent vers toi, cher Amour.

Tu te tiens dans un clos ombreux
De myrte et d'aubépine blanche ;
La porte s'ouvre entre les branches ;
Le chemin est mystérieux.

Elles, lentes, en longues robes,
Une à une, main dans la main,
Franchissent le seuil indistinct
Où de la nuit devient de l'aube.

Celle qui s'approche d'abord,
Regarde l'ombre, te découvre,
Crie, et la fleur de ses yeux s'ouvre
Splendide dans un rire d'or.

Et, jusqu'à la dernière sœur 
Toutes tremblent, tes lèvres touchent
Leurs lèvres, l'éclair de ta bouche
Éclate jusque dans leur cœur.

Translation(s): DUT ENG GER

List of language codes

Confirmed with van Lerberghe, Charles, Entrevisions, suivi de Poèmes posthumes, Paris, G. Crès, 1923, pages 13-14.

Submitted by Didier Pelat


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Pieter van der Woel) , "De boodschapper", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "The messenger", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Vorboten", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2017-05-08 21:01:47

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Word count: 112

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The messenger

Language: English after the French (Français)

 An April dawning. 
 Your blonde sisters, so like you, 
 are all at this moment
 walking toward you, Love.
 You wait, shaded 
 by myrtle and hawthorn. 
 The doorway opens between the branches. 
 The pathway is mysterious. 
 Slowly, in their long dresses, 
 one by one and hand in hand, 
 they cross the blurred threshold 
 where night becomes dawn. 
 The first in line 
 searches the shadows and, with a cry, finds you. 
 The flower of her eyes opens, 
 splendid in golden laughter. 
 Each one, to the last sister,
 each trembles as your lips touch her
 lips and the lightning of your mouth 
 explodes to their heart.

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