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Le lierre

Language: French (Français) after the English

Oh ! quelle plante singulière
Que ce vieux gourmand de lierre,
Qui rampe sur d’anciens débris !
Il lui faut l’antique poussière
Que les siècles seuls ont pu faire,
Pour contenter ses appétits.
Oh ! quelle plante singulière
Que ce vieux gourmand de lierre !

Dans son domaine solitaire,
Tantôt il s’étend sur la terre,
Rongeant la pierre des tombeaux ;
Et tantôt, relevant la tête,
Il grimpe, d’un air de conquête,
Au sommet des plus grands ormeaux.
Oh ! quelle plante singulière
Que ce vieux gourmand de lierre !

Par le cours fatal des années,
Les nations sont ruinées,
Mais lui, rien ne peut le flétrir.
Les plus grands monuments de l’homme,
À quoi donc servent-ils, en somme ?
À l’abriter, à le nourrir.
Oh ! quelle plante singulière
Que ce vieux gourmand de lierre !


Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

Authorship


Based on
  • a text in English by Charles (John Huffam) Dickens (1812 - 1870), "The Ivy green", appears in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): William Henry Anderson, Henry Burnett, Charles Wakefield Cadman, Martin Cawood, Arthur H. Crump, Mrs. Henry Dale, Adrien De Belfour, William Lovell Phillips, Henry Russell, Edward H. Tiffany, Lynde Waller, Edward Wiebé. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2016-02-15.
Last modified: 2016-02-15 15:05:19
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