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La nuit

Language: French (Français)

C’est moi maintenant qui le recherche. 
Chaque nuit, très doucement, je quitte la maison, 
et je vais par une longue route, 
jusqu’à sa prairie, le regarder dormir.

Quelquefois je reste longtemps sans parler, 
heureuse de le voir seulement, 
et j’approche mes lèvres des siennes, 
pour ne baiser que son haleine.

Puis tout à coup je m’étends sur lui. 
Il se réveille dans mes bras, 
et il ne peut plus se relever car je lutte ! 
Il renonce, et rit, et m’étreint. 
Ainsi nous jouons dans la nuit.

… Première aube, ô clarté méchante, toi déjà ? 
En quel antre toujours nocturne, 
sur quelle prairie souterraine pourrons-nous 
si longtemps aimer, que nous perdions ton souvenir ?…

Confirmed with Œuvres complètes de Pierre Louÿs, 1929 - 1931, tome 2 (1894 (Chansons de Bilitis)), Paris, Slatkine reprints, 1973, page 60.

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

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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