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Elle était descendue au bas de la...

Language: French (Français)

Elle était descendue au bas de la prairie,
et, comme la prairie était toute fleurie
de plantes dont la tige aime à pousser dans l'eau,
ces plantes inondées je les avais cueillies.
Bientôt, s'étant mouillée, elle gagna le haut
de cette prairie-là qui était toute fleurie.
Elle riait et s'ébrouait avec la grâce
dégingandée qu'ont les jeunes filles trop grandes.
Elle avait le regard qu'ont les fleurs de lavande.

Translation(s): ENG

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , title 1: "She had gone down to the bottom of the meadow", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-07-12 15:54:45
Line count: 9
Word count: 69

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She had gone down to the bottom of the meadow

Language: English after the French (Français)

She had gone down to the bottom of the meadow, 
and because the meadow was full of flowers 
that like to grow in the water, 
I had gathered the drowned plants. 
Soon, because she was wet, she came back to the top 
of that flowery meadow. 
She laughed and moved with the lanky grace 
of girls who are too tall. 
She looked the way lavender flowers do.

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Text added to the website: 2004-01-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:04
Line count: 9
Word count: 67