Clair de Lune

Clair de Lune

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Votre âme est un paysage choisi
Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques
Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi
Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques.

Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur
L’amour vainqueur et la vie opportune,
Ils n’ont pas l’air de croire à leur bonheur
Et leur chanson se mêle au clair de lune,

Au calme clair de lune triste et beau,
Qui fait rêver les oiseaux dans les arbres
Et sangloter d’extase les jets d’eau,
Les grands jets d’eau sveltes parmi les marbres.

Your soul is like a landscape fantasy,
Where masks and Bergamasks, in charming wise,
Strum lutes and dance, just a bit sad to be
Hidden beneath their fanciful disguise.

Singing in minor mode of life’s largesse
And all-victorious love, they yet seem quite
Reluctant to believe their happiness,
And their song mingles with the pale moonlight,

The calm, pale moonlight, whose sad beauty, beaming,
Sets the birds softly dreaming in the trees,
And makes the marbled fountains, gushing, streaming–
Slender jet-fountains–sob their ecstasies.

Paul Verlaine — From Fêtes galantes (1869)

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2 responses to “Clair de Lune”

  1. And here I was thinking I’m ‘it’ being able to adjust the exposure levels of my photos in Photoshop…wow. Clair de Lune is entrancing, and gothic, and seductive, all at once. Just wow.

    I don’t know why I haven’t visited your blog before, Ren. I liked your first few posts so much that I had to scroll through and read the whole damn lot. Your writing style is brilliant. Love it!

  2. Wow, thanks so much for the comment, Belinda. :) I don’t update this blog as much as I’d like to (daily) but I hope you keep coming back and enjoying what I’ve got for you to read.