by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Eau qui se presse, qui court ... eau...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
Eau qui se presse, qui court ... eau oublieuse 
que la distraite terre boit, 
hésite un petit instant dans ma main creuse, 

Clair et rapide amour, indifférence, 
presque absence qui court, 
entre ton trop d'arrivée et ton trop de partance 
    tremble un peu de séjour.

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura (Pranada) Sylvis) , "Rushing, running water", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Water that presses on", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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