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Comme elle chante

Language: French (Français)

Comme elle chante
Dans ma voix
L'âme longtemps murmurante
Des fontaines et des bois!

Air limpide du paradis,
Avec tes grappes de rubis,
Avec tes gerbes du lumière,
Avec tes roses et tes fruits,

Quelle merveille en nous à cette heure!
Des paroles depuis des âges endormies,
En des sons, en des fleurs
Sur mes lèvres enfin prennent vie.

Depuis que mon souffle a dit leur chanson,
Depuis que ma voix les a créés,
Quel silence heureux et profond
Naît de leurs âmes allégées!

Translation(s): DUT ENG GER

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Pieter van der Woel) , "De eerste woorden", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "First words", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Erste Worte", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2017-05-08 21:09:17
Line count: 16
Word count: 84

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First words

Language: English after the French (Français)

 In my voice there sings
 - and how it sings! -
 the long-murmuring soul
 of the streams and woods!
 Oh limpid air of paradise,
 with your clusters of rubies,
 your sheaves of light,
 your roses and your fruits,
 what a miracle is happening in us at this moment!
 Words that for eons were sleeping
 are now at last coming to life
 in sounds, in flowers on my lips.
 Now that my breath has uttered their song,
 now that my voice has created them,
 what a deep blissful silence
 is born from their lightened souls!

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  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2000 by Peter Low, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:38
Line count: 16
Word count: 95