by Henry Pacory (b. 1873)
Translation © by Laura (Pranada) Sylvis

Je te veux
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
J'ai compris ta détresse,
Cher amoureux,
Et je cède à tes voeux:
Fais de moi ta maîtresse.
Loin de nous la sagesse,
Plus de [détresse]1,
J'aspire à l'instant précieux
Où nous serons heureux:
Je te veux.

Je n'ai pas de regrets,
Et je n'ai qu'une envie:
Près de toi, là, tout près,
Vivre toute ma vie.
Que mon coeur soit le tien
Et ta lèvre la mienne,
Que ton corps soit le mien,
Et que toute ma chair soit tienne.

J'ai compris ta détresse, etc.

Oui, je vois dans tes yeux
La divine promesse
Que ton coeur amoureux
Vient chercher ma caresse.
Enlacés pour toujours,
Brûlés des mêmes flammes,
Dans des rêves d'amours,
Nous échangerons nos deux âmes.

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1 or "tristesse"


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Line count: 26
Word count: 118

I have understood your distress
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
I have understood your distress,
dear lover,
and I yield to your wish:
make me your mistress.
Modesty shall be far from us,
no more [distress]1,
I long for the precious moment
when we will be happy:
I want you.

I have no regrets,
and I want only one thing:
next to you, there, so close,
to live all of my life.
Let my heart be yours
and your lips be mine,
let your body be mine,
and let all of my flesh be yours.

I have understood your distress, etc.

Yes, I see in your eyes
the divine promise
that your loving heart
comes to seek my caress.
Enlaced forever,
burned with the same flames,
in dreams of love,
we will exchange our two souls.

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1 or, for "tristesse" : "sadness"


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This text was added to the website: 2005-01-20
Line count: 26
Word count: 126