Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Moi coquette ! Ah ! peux-tu le croire ?
Connais-tu donc si mal mon cœur ?
Je dédaigne la vaine gloire
D'un art frivole et séducteur !

Evoquant un don tutélaire,
Parfois surmontant mon émoi.
Oui, j'en conviens, je cherche à plaire,
Je veux plaire, mais c'est à toi.

Si parfois l'on me voit sourire,
Loin de toi goûter le bonheur,
C'est encore l'effet de l'empire
Que tu possèdes sur mon cœur.

Parler de toi, bonheur suprême !
Ah ! tu peux bannir tout effroi,
Car les accents de l'amour même
Ne me feraient penser qu'à toi.


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Coquetry", copyright © 2012

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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-28
Line count: 16
Word count: 97

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
I, a coquette? Ah! Can you believe it?
Do you know my heart so little?
I despise the vain glory
of the frivolous and seductive arts! 

Summoning a protecting gift,
sometimes overcoming my excitement,
yes, I admit that I seek to please;
I want to please, but it is for you.

If you sometimes see me smile,
Enjoying happiness away from you,
It is still the effect of the empire
you possess over my heart.

To speak of you is supreme bliss!
Ah! you can banish all fear
because the accents of love itself
will make me think of nothing but you.


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2012 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-29
Line count: 16
Word count: 102