I went out with my sisters yesterday; we saw a movie and had dinner, anyhow, my sisters wanted dessert and so went to a cafe. I sat in a chair as they conversed with each other on whether the apple pie seems more appetizing or the chocolate cake.

As I sat down, burdened by my troubles, a tune so beautiful is heard, it's Claire De Lune; one my most favorite pieces of music ever; composed by Claude Debussy. I have just heard it the other day as well, coincidence? I think not.

It turns out that it was composed based on a poem by the same name, by a French poet called Paul Verlaine. Below, you will find it in French (I didn't like the english translation, will translate it myself later). It's quite nice, Verlaine was known for Symbolism.

Clair de lune

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.


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