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La pluie fine a mouillé toutes choses,...

Language: French (Français)

La pluie fine a mouillé toutes choses, très doucement, et en 
silence. Il pleut encore un peu. Je vais sortir sous les arbres. 
Pieds nus, pour ne pas tacher mes chaussures.

La pluie au printemps est délicieuse. Les branches chargées 
de fleurs mouillées ont un parfum qui m'étourdit. On voit briller 
au soleil la peau délicate des écorces.

Hélas ! que de fleurs sur la terre ! Ayez pitié des fleurs 
tombées. Il ne faut pas les balayer et les mêler dans la boue ; 
mais les conserver aux abeilles.

Les scarabées et les limaces traversent le chemin entre les 
flaques d'eau ; je ne veux pas marcher sur eux, ni effrayer ce 
lézard doré qui s'étire et cligne des paupières.

Translation(s): 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):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2017-05-05.
Last modified: 2017-05-05 23:05:55
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Softly and silently the fine rain has...

Language: English after the French (Français)

Softly and silently the fine rain has bathed everything.
It is still trickling down. I am going out to wander under the trees.
Barefooted, not to bemire my shoes.

Rains in spring are freshening. The boughs are laden
with rain-soaked blossoms, giving off an intoxicating fragrance.
The delicate skin of the bark shines in the sun.

Alas - the blossoms that have dropped! Pity the fallen bloom.
One should not sweep them and mix them up with mud,
but leave them to the bees.

Beetles and snails cross the path between the puddles;
I do not want to tread upon them, nor frighten this golden lizard,
which stretches and blinks with the eyelids.

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Translation of titles
"La pluie" = "The rain"
"Sous la pluie" = "Beneath the rain"


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Text added to the website: 2017-05-07.
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