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Je peux, en sa présence

Language: French (Français)

Je peux, en sa présence,
Hélas! sans espérance,
Rêver de ma souffrance;
Mais, l'avouer, jamais!

Je peux, quand tout me blesse,
Pleurer de la tristesse
Qui, chaque jour, m'oppresse;
Mais la guérir, jamais!

Je peux, en parlant d'elle,
Dire à tous: Elle est belle
Comme une ange mortelle!
Mais, la nommer, jamais!

A Dieu, dans ma prière,
Mon secret, doux mystère,
Mon coeur ne peut le taire;
Mais, le trahir, jamais!

Je peux, moi qui l'adore,
L'aimer longtemps encore
D'un amour qu'elle ignore;
Mais, [l'aimer moins]1, jamais!

Je peux, l'âme flétrie,
Dans une autre patrie,
Aller finir ma vie,
Mais, l'oublier, jamais!

A. Dargomyzhsky sets stanzas 1-2, 5-6

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