by Charles Koechlin (1867 - 1950)
Translation © by Marian Nelson

Prise au piège
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Tu croyais prendre et tu es prise,
Tu pensais l'attraper au piège de tes yeux malins et doux,
Tes grands yeux naïfs et rusés, 
Tendres et moqueurs.

Il n'y a pas résisté,
Mais dans sa chute 
il t'entraîna vers l'Amour -- 
le banal. 
Le merveilleux Amour,
par quoi finissent tous les scénarios.
Ainsi soit-il.


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  • ENG English (Marian Nelson) , "Captured in the trap", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2010-04-03
Line count: 11
Word count: 53

Captured in the trap
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
You thought you’d capture, but you are  the captured,
You thought to catch him in the trap of your sweet and malicious eyes,
Your big naïve and cunning eyes, 
Tender and mocking.
He didn’t resist them,
But in falling
he pulled you towards love,
the banal.
The wonderful Love
Which always ends all the scenes,
So be it.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-25
Line count: 11
Word count: 58