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Language: French (Français)

« Où étais-tu ? 
— Chez la marchande de fleurs. 
J’ai acheté des iris très beaux. 
Les voici, je te les apporte. 
— Pendant si longtemps tu as acheté quatre fleurs ? 
— La marchande m’a retenue.

— Tu as les joues pâles et les yeux brillants.
— C’est la fatigue de la route. 
— Tes cheveux sont mouillés et mêlés. 
— C’est la chaleur et c’est le vent 
qui m’ont toute décoiffée.

— On a dénoué ta ceinture. 
J’avais fait le nœud moi-même, 
plus lâche que celui-ci. 
— Si lâche qu’elle s’est défaite ; 
un esclave qui passait me l’a renouée.

— Il y a une trace à ta robe. 
— C’est l’eau des fleurs qui est tombée. 
— Mnasidika, ma petite âme, 
tes iris sont les plus beaux 
qu’il y ait dans tout Mytilène. 
— Je le sais bien, je le sais bien. »

Confirmed with Œuvres complètes de Pierre Louÿs, 1929 - 1931, tome 2 (1894 (Chansons de Bilitis)), Paris, Slatkine reprints, 1973, page 101.

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

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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