FORGETTING

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LB

Ne dis pas : toujours,

Car en amour

C’est un blasphème

On ne sait jamais

Si désormais

Vraiment on aime.

On fait des serments

Et simplement

On les oublis.

Ne dis pas toujours,

Car en amour

Rien ne vous lie

SEC

Do no say always

For in love,

It's a delusion

Rather say 'for now'

For time will show

It's an illusion

Promises you make

And oh so simply

Break them

Do not say always

For in love,

Nothing binds you

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TB

It is that which we forget but should remember that haunts us.

As we drop our guard, and let ideas that matter slip from our minds,

the ghosts of history that will not lie still, rise up to unsettle us.

And we become edgy, nervous, and frightened.

 

Now and in England, we have never been so scared.

We must have forgotten something, or many things.

 

This is a ghost story and an exorcism.

The ghosts of twentieth century fascism will not desist, nor their victims.

Nor, happily, the ghosts of those who rebuilt after the desolation.

They will reawaken the memory, assuage the fear.

 

RB

'Yet I am haunted by some words from a song to which we used to listen in more carefree days:

 

"On fait des serments

Et simplement

On les oublie"

 

Having propounded high ideals in defeated Germany I feel the responsibility for doing my part to see that they are not forgotten by the victors.'

 

SEC

David Maxwell Fyfe spoke these words in Brussels in 1947.

 

TB

So, how long does it take to forget.

Well, as it turns out, in twenty-first century Britain,

it takes seventy years

 

Ne dis pas: toujours,

Car en amour

C’est un blasphème

On ne sait jamais

Si désormais

Vraiment on aime.

On fait des serments

Et simplement

On les oublis.

Ne dis pas toujours,

Car en amour

Rien ne vous lie

 

Do not say always

For in love it's a delusion

Rather say for now,

For time will show it's an illusion,

Promises you make,

and oh so simply you forget

Do not say always

For in Love just as in Life,

No-thing binds you

 

Puisqu’ici bas tout cesse et tout lasse

Même du bonheur on se lasse

Dans d’autres bras un soir on frissonne

Puis sans remords on s’abandonne