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À la plus belle des femmes du bateau des fleurs

Language: French (Français) after the Chinese (中文)

Je t'ai chanté des chansons 
en m'accompagnant de ma flûte d'ébène, 
des chansons où je te racontais ma tristesse ; 
mais tu ne m'as pas écouté.

J'ai composé des vers où je célébrais ta beauté ; 
mais en balançant la tête tu as jeté 
dans l'eau les feuilles glorieuses 
où j'avais tracé des caractères.

Alors je t'ai donné un gros saphir, 
un saphir pareil au ciel nocturne, et, 
en échange du saphir obscur, tu m'as montré 
les petites perles de ta bouche. 

Confirmed with Judith Walter (Judith Gautier), Le Livre de jade, Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1867, pages 23-24. The author of the Chinese original is given as Tché-Tsi.

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

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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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 13:56:22

Line count: 12
Word count: 82

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