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Le sommeil interrompu

Language: French (Français)

Toute seule je m’étais endormie, 
comme une perdrix dans la bruyère… 
Le vent léger, le bruit des eaux, 
la douceur de la nuit m’avaient retenue là.

Je me suis endormie, imprudente, 
et je me suis réveillée en criant, 
et j’ai lutté, et j’ai pleuré ; 
mais déjà il était trop tard. 
Et que peuvent les mains d’une enfant ?

Il ne me quitta pas. Au contraire, 
plus tendrement dans ses bras, 
il me serra contre lui et je ne vis plus 
au monde ni la terre ni les arbres 
mais seulement la lueur de ses yeux…

À toi, Kypris victorieuse, je consacre 
ces offrandes encore mouillées de rosée, 
vestiges des douleurs de la vierge, 
témoins de mon sommeil et de ma résistance.

Confirmed with Œuvres complètes de Pierre Louÿs, 1929 - 1931, tome 2 (1894 (Chansons de Bilitis)), Paris, Slatkine reprints, 1973, page 52.

Note: this is a prose text. The line breaks are arbitrary.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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Text added to the website: 2019-04-09.
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