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Mahalia Jackson

James A. Emanuel

« I sing the LORD'S songs »
(palms once tough to stay alive,
alarm clock on five).

Cinnamon cheeks, Lord,
cornbread smile.     SONGS     feed your ribs
when you're hungry, chile.

Washboard certainties,
soldierly grace, text and style
in her brimming face.

Your hand on your heart,
her voice in your ear:     pilgrim,
rest easy.     Sit here.

Mahalia Jackson

Je chante le Seigneur
(j'en ai tant bavé pour vivre,
levée à cinq heures).

Joues cannelle, Seigneur,
sourire maïs.     CHANTER fait
ventre, petit sans pain.

Foi de lavandière,
charme militaire, message
et classe du visage.

La main sur le cœur,
sa voix dans l'oreille :    pèlerin,
sois ici en paix.

Translation by Jean Migrenne

Added: 9 Jun 2002 | Last Read: 20 Mar 2019 9:48 AM | Viewed: 4753 times

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