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L'ombre des feuilles d'oranger

Language: French (Français)

La jeune fille qui travaille tout le jour 
dans sa chambre solitaire est doucement émue 
si elle entend tout à coup le son d’une flûte de jade ;

Et elle s’imagine qu’elle entend 
la voix d’un jeune garçon.

À travers le papier des fenêtres, 
l’ombre des feuilles d’oranger 
vient s’asseoir sur ses genoux ;

Et elle s’imagine que quelqu’un 
a déchiré sa robe de soie. 

Confirmed with Judith Walter (Judith Gautier), Le Livre de jade, Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1867, pages . The author of the original Chinese is given as Tin-Tun-Ling, but according to "Sur les sources du Livre de Jadede Judith Gautier (1845-1917) (Remarques sur l'authenticité des poèmes)" by Ferdinand Stocès in the Revue de littérature comparée 2006/3 (no 319), pages 335 to 350, this poem is probably by Judith Gautier herself.

Note: this is a prose text. The line-breaks have been added arbitrarily.

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: 2019-05-06 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-06 00:59:46

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