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L'étreinte éperdue

Language: French (Français)

Aime-moi, non pas avec des sourires, 
des flûtes ou des fleurs tressées, 
mais avec ton cœur et tes larmes, 
comme je t’aime avec ma poitrine et avec mes gémissements.

Quand tes seins s’alternent à mes seins, 
quand je sens ta vie toucher ma vie, 
quand tes genoux se dressent derrière moi, 
alors ma bouche haletante ne sait même plus joindre la tienne.

Étreins-moi comme je t’étreins ! 
Vois, la lampe vient de mourir, 
nous roulons dans la nuit ; mais je presse 
ton corps mouvant et j’entends ta plainte perpétuelle…

Gémis ! gémis ! gémis ! ô femme ! 
Erôs nous traîne dans la douleur. 
Tu souffrirais moins sur ce lit 
pour mettre un enfant au monde 
que pour accoucher de ton amour.

Confirmed with Œuvres complètes de Pierre Louÿs, 1929 - 1931, tome 2 (1894 (Chansons de Bilitis)), Paris, Slatkine reprints, 1973, page 87.

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)

Text added to the website: 2019-04-09.
Last modified: 2019-04-09 16:07:25
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Word count: 123

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