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Of Being is a Bird

Language: English

Of Being is a Bird
The likest to the Down
An Easy Breeze do put afloat
The General Heavens -- upon --

It soars -- and shifts -- and whirls --
And measures with the Clouds
In easy -- even -- dazzling pace --
No different the Birds --

Except a Wake of Music
Accompany their feet --
As did the Down emit a Tune --
For Ecstasy -- of it

Translation(s): FRE

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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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-07-20.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:52
Line count: 12
Word count: 59

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De l'Être est un Oiseau

Language: French (Français) after the English

De l'Être est un Oiseau
Le plus semblable au Duvet
Qu'une Brise Légère fait flotter
Au-dessus - des Cieux Universels -

Il monte - et tourne - et tourbillonne -
Se mesure aux Nuages
D'une allure tranquille - régulière - éblouissante -
Les Oiseaux ne sont pas différents -

Sauf qu'un Sillage de Musique
Accompagne leurs pas -
Comme si le Duvet émettait un Air -
Pour l'Extase - de lui

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  • Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2010 by Guy Laffaille, (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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Based on
  • a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Augusta Read Thomas. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-07-21.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:52
Line count: 12
Word count: 71