by Paul de Chazot (d. 1879)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Dans la plaine immense
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Dans la plaine immense,
Le travail commence
Aux feux du matin,
Au doux chant des merles,
Quand d'humides perles
Tremblant sur le thym,
Enfants, jeunes filles,
prenez vos faucilles
Coupez blés et fleurs;
Quand la plaine est blonde,
Chantez votre ronde,
Joyeux moissonneurs.
Chantez, chantez, joyeux moissonneurs.

Fauchez sans relâche,
Hardis à la tâche,
Fauchez le sillon,
Les épis superbes
Qui roulent leurs gerbes
Dans un tourbillon;
La vive alouette 
Se lêve inquiète,
Craignant pour son nid;
La jeune couvée
Sera préservée,
Car Dieu la bénit.
Chantez, chantez, joyeux moissonneurs.

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Line count: 26
Word count: 90

In an immense field
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
In an immense field,
The work commences
At the first flames of dawn,
To the sweet song of blackbirds,
When heavy dewdrops
Tremble on [stalks of] thyme.
Children, young girls,
Take up your sickles
To cut wheat and flowers;
Once the crop has dried1,
Sing your round,
Joyful reapers2.
Sing, sing, joyful reapers.

Reap without a break,
Bold in your task,
Clear the furrow,
[Of] the beautiful husks
Which blow around the sheaves
Like a whirlwind;
The lively lark 
Rises up worried,
Fearing for her nest;
The young brood
will be preseved,
For God blesses them.
Sing, sing, joyful reapers.

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1 literally, has become blonde, fading from green to gold
2 i.e., those who do the cutting of plants, when harvesting a crop

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This text was added to the website: 2016-05-17
Line count: 26
Word count: 100