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Au pied de mon lit, une Vierge négresse

Language: French (Français)

Au pied de mon lit, une Vierge négresse
fut mise par ma mère. Et j'aime cette Vierge
d'une religion un peu italienne.
Virgo Lauretana, debout dans un fond d'or,
qui me faites penser à mille fruits de mer
que l'on vend sur les quais où pas un souffle d'air
n'émeut les pavillons qui lourdement s'endorment,
Virgo Lauretana, vous savez qu'en ces heures
où je ne me sens pas digne d'être aimé d'elle
c'est vous dont le parfum me rafraîchit le cœur.

Translation(s): ENG

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , title 1: "At the foot of my bed", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-07-12 15:59:20

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At the foot of my bed

Language: English after the French (Français)

At the foot of my bed my mother hung a Black Virgin. 
And I love this Virgin
with an almost Italian devotion. 
Virgo Lauretana, standing in a field of gold, 
you make me think of a thousand crustaceans 
for sale on wharves where not a breath of air 
stirs the sleepy banners. 
Virgo Lauretana, you know that in those hours 
when I am not worthy to be loved by her, 
your perfume refreshes my heart.

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Text added to the website: 2004-01-27 00:00:00.

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