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Je ne t’ai point connue au bourgeon de...

Language: French (Français)

Je ne t’ai point connue au bourgeon de ton âge,
Alors que tes seize ans éblouissaient les yeux,
Quand ton rire éclatait, clair, frais, pur et joyeux,
Comme un chant d’alouette un matin sans nuage ;

Mais j’ai vu dans sa fleur ton noble et doux visage,
Grave comme un camée antique, et sérieux,
Avec son air profond de regarder les cieux :
Et mon cœur désormais suivra ta chère image ;

Car tu traverseras les beautés successives 
Que la vie, en son cours, garde aux faces pensives 
Dont le sourire est triste et les jeux consolants :

Tes traits mûris auront des accents fiers et lents. 
Puis la sérénité des saisons plus tardives,
Va je te verrai belle avec des cheveux blancs.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Auguste Angellier, À l’amie perdue, Paris, Librairie Hachette et Cie, 1920, page 49.

Submitted by Andrew Schneider [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)

Text added to the website: 2019-05-07 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-07 19:07:19

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