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Les pierreries

Language: French (Français)

Les flamboyantes Pierreries
Qui parent [les glaives]1 des rois
Et les mors de leurs palefrois,
Brillent dans les rouges tueries.

La foule, [ivre]2 des féeries,
Admire, en ses humbles effrois,
Les flamboyantes Pierreries
Qui parent [les glaives]1 des rois.

Et dans les louanges nourries,
Les princesses aux regards froids
Sèment sur leurs corsages droits
Et sur leurs jupes d’or fleuries
Les flamboyantes Pierreries.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Koechlin: "le glaive"
2 Koechlin (some sources): "amante"

Submitted by Laura Prichard [Guest Editor] and Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "The gemstones", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-08-31T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2019-04-14T16:55:24
Line count: 13
Word count: 63

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The gemstones

Language: English after the French (Français)

The blazing gemstones
Which adorn the gladiator swords of kings
And the bits of their palfreys
Shine in the red slaughters.

The crowd, drunk with the extravaganzas,
Admires, in their humble fright,
The blazing gemstones
Which adorn the gladiator swords of kings.

And [by] the praises nourished
The princesses with cold expressions
Scatter upon their straight bodices
And upon their flowered golden skirts
The blazing gemstones.

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Translator's note on line 1-3: A palfrey is a small horse that was popular during the Middle Ages, so "bits" therefore refers to the part of the bridle that rests in the horse's mouth.


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Text added to the website: 2019-04-12T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2019-04-14T16:56:30
Line count: 13
Word count: 66