by Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963)
Translation © by Victoria de Menil

Prière
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Sainte Vierge Marie, ayez pitié des gens
Qui reviennent de guerre et qui n'ont pas d'argent.

Ma femme en aime un autre, elle me rit au nez.
Mon chien cherche à me mordre et m'a abandonné.

On me traite d'ivrogne et si je veux du vin,
On me donne un peu d'eau avec un bout de pain.

Sainte Vierge Marie, ayez pitié des gens.

Note: an unpublished poem given to Durey by Cocteau.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 7
Word count: 64

Prayer
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 Holy Virgin Mary, have pity on the people
 Who return from war and who have no money.
 
 My wife loves another, she laughs in my face.
 My dog tries to bit me and has abandonned me.
 
 I'm called a drunkard and if I want wine
 They give me a little water with a bit of bread.
 
 Holy Virgin Mary, have pity on the people.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 7
Word count: 65