Translation © by Iain Sneddon

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Dans l'air s'en vont les ailes,
Par le vent caressées;
Mes errantes pensées
S'envolent avec elles.

Aux cieux pleins d'étincelles,
Dans la nue élancées,
Dans l'Air s'en vont les ailes
Par le vent caressées.

Vers des terres nouvelles,
Sur les rayons bercées,
Vous fuyez, dispersées,
Ô blanches colombelles;
Dans l'Air s'en vont les ailes!


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The Air
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
In the air wings are flying,
Caressed by the wind;
My wandering thoughts
Fly with them.

In the sparkling heavens,
Soaring in the clouds,
In the air wings are flying,
Caressed by the wind.

Towards new lands,
On cradling sunbeams,
You flee, scattered,
O white doves;
In the air wings are flying!


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Text added to the website: 2019-09-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-09-02 12:07:03
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