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Air Champêtre

Language: French (Français)

Belle source, belle source,
Je veux me rappeler sans cesse,
Qu'un jour, guidé par l'amitié 
Ravi, j'ai contemplé ton visage, ô dèesse,
Perdu sous la mou, sous la mousse à moitié.

Que n'est-il demeuré, cet ami que je pleure,
O nymphe, à ton culte attaché,
Pour se mêler encore au souffle qui t'effleure,
Et répondre à ton flot caché?

Translation(s): ENG ENG GER GER

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Pastoral air", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Ländliche Weise", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , title 1: "Ländliches Lied", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , title 1: "Country song", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Pastoral air

Language: English after the French (Français)

Beautiful spring, beautiful spring,
I wish to remember forever
that one day, guided by affection,
enchanted, I looked at your face, o Goddess,
half concealed underneath the moss.

Has he but remained, this friend for whom I mourn,
o nymph, adhering to your cult,
to mingle at least with the breeze that touches you
and to respond to your hidden waters?

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  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2008 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2008-02-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:37
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Word count: 61