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L'offrande à la déesse

Language: French (Français)

Ce n’est pas pour l’Artémis qu’on adore à Perga, 
cette guirlande tressée par mes mains, 
bien que l’Artémis soit une bonne déesse 
qui me gardera des couches difficiles.

Ce n’est pas pour l’Athêna qu’on adore à Sidê, 
bien qu’elle soit d’ivoire et d’or 
et qu’elle porte dans la main une pomme 
de grenade qui tente les oiseaux.

Non, c’est pour l’Aphroditê que j’adore 
dans ma poitrine, car elle seule me donnera 
ce qui manque à mes lèvres, si je suspends 
à l’arbre sacré ma guirlande de tendres roses.

Mais je ne dirai pas tout haut 
ce que je la supplie de m’accorder. 
Je me hausserai sur la pointe des pieds 
et par la fente de l’écorce je lui confierai mon secret.

Confirmed with Œuvres complètes de Pierre Louÿs, 1929 - 1931, tome 2 (1894 (Chansons de Bilitis)), Paris, Slatkine reprints, 1973, page 42.

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

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)

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