Translation © by Emily Ezust

Pour que ton rire pur, jeune, tendre et...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Pour que ton rire [pur]1, jeune, tendre et léger,
    S'épanouisse en fleur sonore,
Il faut qu'avril verdisse aux pousses du verger,
    Plus vertes d'aurore en aurore,

Il faut que l'air égal annonce le printemps
    Et que la première hirondelle
Rase d'un vol aigu les roseaux de l'étang
    Qui mire son retour fidèle !

Mais, quoique l'écho rie à ton rire avec toi,
    Goutte à goutte et d'une eau lointaine,
N'entends-tu pas gémir et répondre à ta voix
    La plainte faible des fontaines ?

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1 Hahn: "clair"


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The fountains", copyright © 2018
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 12
Word count: 83

The fountains
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
In order for your [pure]1 laughter - young, tender, and light -
  To open up sonorously, like a flower,
April must turn the orchard green with buds,
  Growing more green from one dawn to the next;

The pleasant air must announce the spring,
  And the first swallow,
In powerful flight, must skim the reeds of the pond
  That reflects its loyal return!

But although the echo of your laughter laughs with you,
  [There is] a dripping of far-off water...
Do you not hear moaning and responding to your voice
  The faint lament of the fountains?

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Translation of title "Les fontaines" = "The fountains"

1 Hahn: "clear"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-01-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 95