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Ma bien‑aimée est une enfant

Language: French (Français)

Ma bien-aimée est une enfant, 
Une enfant aux yeux de pervenche, 
Dont le jeune cœur triomphant
Semble un oiseau sur une branche.

Ma bien-aimée est un oiseau,
Un oiseau dont l'aile est légère,
Qui se berce sur un roseau,
Puis vole et fuit dans la lumière.

Ma bien-aimée au regard clair
Sans doute eut pour mère ou marraine,
Régnant aux grottes de la mer,
Folle et fantasque, une sirène :

Ses lèvres au pays natal 
Auront pris le babil des vagues,
Et dans les palais de cristal 
Auront fleuri ses grands yeux vagues.

Ma bien-aimée a dans sa voix 
Claire, limpide, sans pareille,
Des sons rappelant dans les bois 
Les bruits de l'aube qui s'éveille ;

Et le charme étrange est si doux 
De cette voix pleine d'aurore,
Qu'en l'écoutant à tes genoux 
Je deviens pâle et je t'adore.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with L'Illusion, Troisième édition, Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1893, pages 96-97.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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

Text added to the website: 2014-08-27 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-08-27 16:04:09

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