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Une allée du Luxembourg

Language: French

Elle a passé, la jeune fille
Vive et preste comme un oiseau:
À la main une fleur qui brille,
À la bouche un refrain nouveau.

C'est peut-être la seule au monde
Dont le coeur au mien répondrait,
Qui venant dans ma nuit profonde
D'un seul regard l'éclairerait!

Mais non, - ma jeunesse est finie...
Adieu, doux rayon qui m'as lui, -
Parfum, jeune fille, harmonie...
Le bonheur passait, - il a fui!



Translation(s): ENG

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    * ENG English (David Jonathan Justman) , "An alley in the Luxembourg Gardens", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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An alley in the Luxembourg Gardens

Language: English

 She passed, the girl 
 as lively and swift as a bird:
 In her hand a brilliant flower,
 In her mouth a new refrain.
 
 Perhaps she's the only one in the world,
 Whose heart would respond to mine,
 Who, approaching in my deep night,
 Would light it with a single look.
 
 But no, - my youth is finished...
 Adieu, gentle beam which enlightened me...
 Perfume, girl, harmony...
 Happiness has passed, - it has fled!



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