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L'eau pure du bassin

Language: French (Français)

"Eau pure du bassin, miroir immobile, 
dis-moi ma beauté. - [Ô]1 Bilitis, ou qui que tu sois, 
Téthys peut-être  ou Amphitritê, 
tu es belle, sache-le.

"Ton visage se penche sous ta chevelure épaisse,
gonflée de fleurs et de parfums. 
Tes paupières molles s'ouvrent à peine 
et tes flancs sont las des mouvements de l'amour.

"Ton corps fatigué du poids de tes seins 
porte les marques fines de l'ongle 
et les taches bleues du baiser. 
Tes bras sont rougis par l'étreinte. 
Chaque ligne de ta peau fut aimée.

-- Eau claire du bassin, ta fraîcheur repose. 
Reçois-moi, qui suis lasse en effet. 
Emporte le fard de mes joues, et la sueur de mon ventre 
et le souvenir de la nuit."


Translation(s): ENG GER

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1 omitted by Debussy.

Submitted by Marvin J. Ward

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Marvin J. Ward) , title 1: "The pure water of the basin", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Klares Wasser im Bassin", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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