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Chanson Des Yeux

Andre Marie de Chenier 1762 (Constantinople) – 1794 (Paris)



Viens: là, sur des joncs frais ta place est toute prête.
Viens, viens, sur mes genoux viens reposer ta tête.
Les yeux levés sur moi, tu resteras muet,
Et je te chanterai la chanson qui te plaît.
Comme on voit, au momentPhoebus va renaître,
La nuit prête à s'enfuir, le jour prêt à paraître,
Je verrai tes beaux yeux, les yeux de mon ami,
En un demi-sommeil se fermer à demi.
Tu me diras: 'Adieu, je dors, adieu, ma belle.
--Adieu, dirai-je, adieu, dors, mon ami fidèle,
Car le... aussi dort le front vers les cieux,'
Et j'irai te baiser et le front et les yeux.

Ne me regarde point; cache, cache tes yeux;
Mon sang en est brûlé; tes regards sont des feux.
Viens, viens. Quoique vivant, et dans ta fleur première,
Je veux avec mes mains te fermer la paupière,
Ou, malgré tes efforts, je prendrai tes cheveux
Pour en faire un bandeau qui te cache les yeux.

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Andre Marie de Chenier

André Marie Chénier was a French poet of Greek and Franco-Levantine origin, associated with the events of the French Revolution of which he was a victim. His sensual, emotive poetry marks him as one of the precursors of the Romantic movement. His career was brought to an abrupt end when he was guillotined for supposed "crimes against the state", just three days before the end of the Reign of Terror. Chénier's life has been the subject of Umberto Giordano's opera Andrea Chénier and other works of art. more…

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