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Tu m’offres deux perles brillantes

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

Tu m’offres deux perles brillantes ; 
bien que je détourne la tête, mon cœur pâlit et s’émeut malgré moi.

Un instant je les pose sur ma robe, 
ces deux perles claires ; la soie rouge leur donne des reflets rosés.

Que ne t’ai-je connu avant d’être mariée ! 
Mais éloigne-toi de moi, car j’appartiens à un époux.

Au bord de mes cils, voici deux larmes tremblantes ; 
ce sont tes perles que je te rends. 

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Judith Walter (Judith Gautier), Le Livre de jade, Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1867, pages 11-12. The author of the Chinese original is given as Tchang-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)

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

Last modified: 2019-05-07 14:05:04

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Word count: 75

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