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Priez pour paix

by Francis Poulenc

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Priez pour paix
French source: Charles d'Orléans

Priez pour paix, douce Vierge Marie,
Reine des cieux, et du monde maîtresse,
Faites prier, par votre courtoisie,
Saints et saintes, et prenez votre adresse
Vers votre Fils, requérant sa haultesse
Qu'il lui plaise son peuple regarder,
Que de son sang a voulu racheter,
En déboutant guerre qui tout dévoie;
De prières ne vous veuillez lasser:
Priez pour paix, le vrai trésor de joie.

Pray for peace
English translation © Richard Stokes

Pray for peace, sweet Virgin Mary,
Queen of heaven and Mistress of this world,
Cause, by your courtesy, all the saints
Of either gender to pray, and address
Your Son, beseeching his high Majesty
To deign to look upon his people,
Whom he willingly redeemed with his blood,
Banishing war which ruins everything;
Pray untiringly, we beg of you:
Pray for peace, the true treasure of joy!

Priez pour paix
French source: Charles d'Orléans

Pray for peace
English source: Richard Stokes

Priez pour paix, douce Vierge Marie,
Pray for peace, sweet Virgin Mary,
Reine des cieux, et du monde maîtresse,
Queen of heaven and Mistress of this world,
Faites prier, par votre courtoisie,
Cause, by your courtesy, all the saints
Saints et saintes, et prenez votre adresse
Of either gender to pray, and address
Vers votre Fils, requérant sa haultesse
Your Son, beseeching his high Majesty
Qu'il lui plaise son peuple regarder,
To deign to look upon his people,
Que de son sang a voulu racheter,
Whom he willingly redeemed with his blood,
En déboutant guerre qui tout dévoie;
Banishing war which ruins everything;
De prières ne vous veuillez lasser:
Pray untiringly, we beg of you:
Priez pour paix, le vrai trésor de joie.
Pray for peace, the true treasure of joy!

Composer

Francis Poulenc

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (F7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Read the full…

Poet

Charles d'Orléans

Charles of Orléans was Duke of Orléans from 1407 and prominent medieval poet.

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