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by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Peter Low

L'échelonnement des haies
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
L'échelonnement des haies
Moutonne à l'infini, mer
Claire dans le brouillard clair,
Qui sent bon les jeunes baies.

Des arbres et des moulins
Sont légers sur le vert tendre,
Où vient s'ébattre et s'étendre
L'agilité des poulains.

Dans ce vague d'un Dimanche,
Voici se jouer aussi
De grandes brebis,
Aussi douces que leur laine blanche.

Tout à l'heure déferlait
L'onde roulée en volutes,
De cloches comme des flûtes
Dans le ciel comme du lait.

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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 (Peter Low) , "Row upon row of hedges", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 74

Row upon row of hedges
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 Row upon row of hedges
 billow into the distance,
 like a pale sea in the clear mist
which smells of good young bayberries.

Trees and windmills 
 pose lightly on the delicate green
 of the grass where the nimble colts
 are frisking and stretching out.
 Here in this Sunday dreaminess
 are sheep frolicking too -
 large ewes as gentle
 as their soft white wool.
 A moment ago, like a scroll unfurling,
 a wave came rolling and breaking, a wave
 of flute-like bells
 in the milk-white sky.


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2000 by Peter Low, (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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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 86