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Tandis qu'à leurs œuvres perverses

Language: French (Français)

Tandis qu'à leurs œuvres perverses
Les hommes courent haletants,
Mars qui rit, malgré les averses,
[Prépare]1 en secret le printemps.

Pour les petites pâquerettes,
Sournoisement, lorsque tout dort,
Il repasse des collerettes
Et cisèle des boutons d'or.

Dans le verger et dans la vigne,
Il s'en va, furtif perruquier,
Avec une houppe de cygne,
Poudrer à frimas l'amandier.

La nature au lit se repose ;
Lui, descend au jardin désert
Et lace les boutons de rose
Dans leur corset de velours vert.

Tout en composant des solfèges,
Qu'aux merles il siffle à mi-voix,
Il sème aux prés les perce-neiges
Et les violettes aux bois.

Sur le cresson de la fontaine
Où le cerf boit, l'oreille au guet,
De sa main cachée il égrène
Les grelots d'argent du muguet.

Sous l'herbe, pour que tu la cueilles,
Il met la fraise au teint vermeil
Et te tresse un chapeau de feuilles
Pour te garantir du soleil.

Puis, lorsque sa besogne est faite,
Et que son règne va finir,
Au seuil d'avril tournant la tête,
Il dit : « Printemps, tu peux venir ! »


C. Gounod sets stanzas 1-2, 4, 6-8

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1 Gounod: "Mars prépare"

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