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L'aube allume sur les coteaux

Language: French (Français)

L'aube [allume]1 sur les coteaux,
L'éclair des serpes aiguisées :
Courez, faucilles et couteaux,
[Au travers des]2 feuilles rosées.
Le cep aux ramures brisées
Gémit ainsi qu'un être humain.
-- Douleur étrange!
[Myrto, pareil]3 à la vendange,
Mon cœur a saigné sous ta main!

Midi qui verse le sommeil
Descend de la vigne à la plaine.
Les vendangeurs, troupeau vermeil,
Dorment sous sa brûlant haleine.
Celle qui veille pour ma peine
Ceint son front d'un raisin sanglant.
-- Parure étrange !
[Myrto, pareil]3 à la vendange,
Mon désir étreint ton front blanc.

[Dans les sourds tonneaux, jusqu'au soir,
Les hottes se sont écroulées.
À l'aigre refrain du pressoir
Se mêlent des chansons ailées.
L'enfant, sur les grappes foulées
Saute avec un rire ingénu.
-- La danse étrange !
Myrto, pareil à la vendange,
Je suis meurtri sous ton pied nu !]4

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Castillon: "éveille"
2 Castillon: "A travers les"
3 Castillon: "Ô Rosa ! pareil"
4 Castillon replaces this with the following stanza, made up of rearranged lines from another poem:
Mais je maudis tout bas ta puissance farouche,
Qui sans pitié suspend au dessus de ma bouche,
Où mes désirs jamais ne seront apaisés,
Cette vendange amère, offerte à mes baisers!
Mon désir, pareil à la vendange,
Etreint, Rosa, ton front blanc.

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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , title 1: "The grape harvest", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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The grape harvest

Language: English after the French (Français)

Dawn awakens on the hills 
the lightning of sharpened billhooks. 
Run, sickles and knives, 
through the dewy leaves. 
The stock with its broken foliage 
whimpers like a human being. 
Strange pain! 
Oh, Rosa! As in harvest-time, 
my heart has bled under your hand! 

Noon, pouring out sleep, 
descends from the vineyard to the plain, 
and the scarlet flock of harvesters 
sleeps under its burning breath. 

She who watches for my pain 
binds a bloody grape upon her brow. 
Strange ornament! 
Oh Rosa, as in harvest-time, 
my desire embraces your white brow, 
but I mutter curses 
on your pitiless, untamed power,  which hangs above my mouth, 
where my desires will never be fulfilled,
this bitter harvest, that I may kiss it! 
My desire, as in harvest-time, 
embraces your white brow, Rosa.

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Text added to the website: 2006-01-10.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:17
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