Translation © by Enrico Magnani

Au bord de l'eau
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER ITA SPA SPA SPA
S'asseoir tous deux au bord [d'un]1 flot qui passe,
  Le voir passer ;
Tous deux, s'il glisse un nuage en l'espace,
  Le voir glisser ;
À l'horizon, s'il fume un toit de chaume,
  Le voir fumer ;
Aux alentours si quelque fleur embaume,
  S'en embaumer ;
[Si quelque fruit, où les abeilles goûtent,
  Tente, y goûter ;
Si quelque oiseau, dans les bois qui l'écoutent,
  Chante, écouter...]2
Entendre au pied du saule où l'eau murmure
  L'eau murmurer ;
Ne pas sentir, tant que ce rêve dure,
  Le temps durer ;
Mais n'apportant de passion profonde
  Qu'à s'adorer,
Sans [nul]3 souci des querelles du monde,
  Les ignorer ;
Et seuls, [heureux]4 devant tout ce qui [lasse]5,
  Sans se lasser,
Sentir l'amour, devant tout ce qui passe,
  Ne point passer !

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1 Fauré: "du"
2 omitted by Fauré and Viardot.
3 Viardot: "un"
4 Fauré, Sachs: "tous deux"
5 Viardot, Sachs: "passe"

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "At the water's edge", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nele Gramß) , "Am Ufer", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Enrico Magnani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Mercedes Vivas) , "Al borde del agua", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , "Al borde del agua", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , "Al borde del agua", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 129

Sederci entrambi sul bordo del ruscello...
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the French (Français) 
Sederci entrambi sul bordo del ruscello che passa
e guardarlo passare;
insieme, quando scorre una nube nel cielo,
guardarla scorrere.
All'orizzonte se fuma un tetto di stoppie, 
vederlo fumare, 
nei dintorni se qualche fiore spande profumo
farsene profumare.




Ascoltare, ai piedi del salice dove l'acqua mormora,
il mormorare dell'acqua,
e sentire solo, mentre questo sogno prosegue, 
il proseguire del tempo.
Ma esistendo solo la profonda passione
che ci fa adorare,
senza alcuna preoccupazione delle difficoltà 
nel mondo, ignorarle;
E solo noi due dinanzi a tutto ciò che stanca,
senza stancarsi,
sentire l'amore avanti a tutto ciò che passa, 
e non lasciarlo passare!

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  • Translation from French (Français) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2009 by Enrico Magnani, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-20
Line count: 20
Word count: 102