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We met as Sparks — Diverging Flints

Language: English

We met as Sparks — Diverging Flints
Sent various — scattered ways —
We parted as the Central Flint
Were cloven with an Adze —
Subsisting on the Light We bore
Before We felt the Dark —
A Flint unto this Day — perhaps —
But for that single Spark.

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-12-23.
Last modified: 2016-12-23 08:43:40
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

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Nous nous rencontrâmes comme des...

Language: French (Français) after the English

Nous nous rencontrâmes comme des Étincelles -- des Silex Divergents
Envoyés dans des directions variées -- aux quatre vents --
Nous nous séparâmes comme si le Centre du Silex
Était fendu avec une Herminette --
Subsistant sur la Lumière que Nous portions
Avant que nous ressentions l'Obscurité --
Nous le sûmes par le changement entre lui
Et cette Étincelle éthérée.

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Translations of title(s):
"We met as Sparks" = "Nous nous rencontrâmes comme des Étincelles"


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Based on
  • a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, written 1865
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franck Bedrossian. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-12-23.
Last modified: 2017-02-16 14:11:55
Line count: 8
Word count: 55