Ta chair, d'âme mêlée, Chevelure emmêlée, Ton pied courant le temps, Ton ombre qui s'étend Et murmure à ma tempe [ Ton vert regard où trepe La triste joie de l'univers. ]1 Voilà, c'est ton portrait, C'est ainsi que tu es, Et je veux te l'écrire Pour que la nuit venue, Tu puisses croire et dire, Que je t'ai bien connue.
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1 omitted by Poulenc.
- by Louise de Vilmorin (1902 - 1969), "Portrait", written 1945, appears in Le Sable du sablier, Paris, Éd. NRF Gallimard, first published 1945 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Monique Gabus (1924 - 2012), "Portrait", 1963, published 1987 [ high voice and piano ], Éd. Henry Lemoine [sung text not yet checked]
- by Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963), "C'est ainsi que tu es", FP 121 no. 2 (1943) [ high voice and piano ], from Métamorphoses, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
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