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L'Enfant et l'Étoile

Language: French (Français)

Un astre luit au ciel et dans l'eau se reflète.
Un homme qui passait dit à l'enfant-poète :
» Toi qui rêves avec des roses dans les mains
Et qui chantes, docile au hasard des chemins,
Tes vains bonheurs et ta chimérique souffrance,
Dis, entre nous et toi, quelle est la différence ?
-- Voici, répond l'enfant. Levez la tête un peu ;
Voyez-vous cette étoile, au lointain du soir bleu ?
-- Sans doute !
                 -- Fermez l'œil. La voyez-vous, l'étoile ?
-- Non, certes. «
                   Alors l'enfant pour qui tout se dévoile
Dit en baissant son front doucement soucieux :
» Moi, je la vois encore quand j'ai fermé les yeux. «

Submitted by Guy Laffaille [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)

Text added to the website: 2009-10-17 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-03-10 14:14:06

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