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Language: French (Français)

Fardée et peinte comme au temps des bergeries
Frêle parmi les noeuds énormes de rubans,
Elle passe sous les ramures assombries,
Dans l'allée où verdit la mousse des vieux bancs,
Avec mille façons et mille afféteries
Qu'on garde d'ordinaire aux perruches chéries.
Sa longue robe à queue est bleue, et l'éventail
Qu'elle froisse en ses doigts fluets aux larges bagues
S'égaie un des sujets érotiques, si vagues
Qu'elle sourit, tout en rêvant, à maint détail.
- Blonde, en somme. Le nez mignon avec la bouche
Incarnadine, grasse, et divine d'orgueil
Inconscient. - D'ailleurs plus fine que la mouche
Qui ravive l'éclat un peu niais de l'oeil.

Translation(s): ENG ENG GER

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  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "The lane", written 2002, first published 2002, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "The path", written c2005, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-01-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:03
Line count: 14
Word count: 106

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The path

Language: English after the French (Français)

Painted and made up as if part of some rural idyll,
Frail amid the profusion of bows and ribbons,
She passes, beneath the shadowy boughs,
along the pathway made green by the moss of old banks,
With a thousand airs and graces[,] a thousand simpering mannerisms,
Of the sort one normally reserves for precious budgerigars.
Her long dress with its train is blue, and the fan[,]
Which she crumples between the bony fingers encrusted with rings[,]
Is livened up by erotic pictures, so faded
That they make her smile, dreaming about them all the while in the minutest detail.
- In short, the blonde. The cute nose with the blood red lips,
luxuriant with an unconsciously divine arrogance,
- Furthermore, more subtle than the fleck
That brings backs the slightly silly glint in the eye.

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Confirmed with an original Microsoft Word Document provided by Alistair Hinton. Note: Hopkins forgot to add line breaks after line 6 and 11. They have been added here in accordance with the source text and the 2002 version.

Submitted by Poom Pipatjarasgit [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "L'allée", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 4, first published 1869 GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Kaikhosru Sorabji, born Leon Dudley Sorabji. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2018-08-04.
Last modified: 2018-08-12 13:49:09
Line count: 14
Word count: 135