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Afin que ton honneur coule parmy la...

Language: French (Français)

Afin que ton honneur coule parmy la plaine
[Autant]1 qu'il monte au Ciel engravé dans un Pin,
Invoquant tous les Dieux, et respandant du vin,
Je consacre à ton nom ceste belle Fontaine.

Pasteurs, que voz troupeaux frisez de [blanche laine]2
Ne paissent à ces bords : y fleurisse le Thin,
Et la fleur, dont le maistre eut si mauvais destin,
Et soit dite à jamais la Fontaine d'Heleine.

Le Passant en Esté s'y puisse reposer,
Et assis dessus l'herbe à l'ombre composer
Mille chansons d'Heleine, et de moy luy souvienne.

[Quiconques en]3 boira, qu'amoureux il devienne :
Et puisse, en la humant, une flame puiser
Aussi chaude, qu'au cœur je sens chaude la mienne.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Leguerney: "Afin"
2 Leguerney: "laine blanche"
3 Leguerney: "Quiconque y"
Leguerney uses modernized spellings:
parmy -> parmi
respandant -> répandant
ceste -> cette
voz -> vos
frisez -> frisés
thin -> thym
maistre -> maître
Heleine -> Hélène
Esté -> Été
moy -> moi
luy -> lui

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 (David Wyatt) , title 1: "The fountain of Helen", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-06-02 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:24

Line count: 14
Word count: 115

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The fountain of Helen

Language: English after the French (Français)

So that your reputation may go throughout the countryside,
So it can rise to the heavens,
engraved on a pine tree,
Calling on all the gods and pouring out wine
I consecrate to your name this lovely fountain.

Shepherds, may your flocks clad in white wool
Pasture on these banks; may thyme flourish there
And the flower whose master had so bad a fate1
And be named forever the fountain of Helen.

The passer-by in summer may rest there,
And sitting on the grass in the shade, compose
A thousand songs about Helen, and remind her of me,

Whoever drinks from your water, let him become enamoured;
And in drinking it in, may he draw a flame
So hot, that I shall feel my own flame warm in my heart.

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1 Narcissus, Adonis, or Hyacinth


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2012 by David Wyatt, (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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Text added to the website: 2012-05-18 00:00:00.

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Word count: 130