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La dormeuse

Language: French (Français)

Elle dort dans ses cheveux défaits, 
les mains mêlées derrière la nuque. 
Rêve-t-elle ? Sa bouche est ouverte ; 
elle respire doucement.

Avec un peu de cygne blanc, j’essuie, 
mais sans l’éveiller, la sueur de ses bras, 
la fièvre de ses joues. Ses paupières fermées 
sont deux fleurs bleues.

Tout doucement je vais me lever ; 
j’irai puiser l’eau, traire la vache 
et demander du feu aux voisins. Je veux 
être frisée et vêtue quand elle ouvrira les yeux.

Sommeil, demeure encore longtemps 
entre ses beaux cils recourbés 
et continue la nuit heureuse 
par un songe de bon augure.

Confirmed with Œuvres complètes de Pierre Louÿs, 1929 - 1931, tome 2 (1894 (Chansons de Bilitis)), Paris, Slatkine reprints, 1973, page 84.

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

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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