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Le passant

Language: French (Français)

Comme j’étais assise le soir 
devant la porte de la maison, 
un jeune homme est venu à passer. 
Il m’a regardée, j’ai tourné la tête. 
Il m’a parlé, je n’ai pas répondu.

Il a voulu m’approcher. J’ai pris une faulx 
contre le mur et je lui aurais fendu 
la joue s’il avait avancé d’un pas.

Alors reculant un peu, il se mit à sourire 
et souffla vers moi dans sa main, disant : 
« Reçois le baiser. » Et j’ai crié ! 
et j’ai pleuré. Tant, que ma mère est accourue.

Inquiète, croyant que j’avais été piquée 
par un scorpion. Je pleurais : 
« Il m’a embrassée. » 
Ma mère aussi m’a embrassée 
et m’a emportée dans ses bras.

Confirmed with Œuvres complètes de Pierre Louÿs, 1929 - 1931, tome 2 (1894 (Chansons de Bilitis)), Paris, Slatkine reprints, 1973, page 25.

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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