by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

The fountains mingle with the River
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
The [fountains mingle]1 with the River 
  And the Rivers with the Ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
  With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
  All things by a law divine
In one [another's being]2 mingle.
  Why not I with thine? -

See the mountains kiss high Heaven
  And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
  If it disdained its brother;
And the [sunlight clasps]3 the earth
  And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What [are all these kissings]4 worth
  If thou kiss not me?

L. Lehrman sets lines 5-8, 1-4, 9-16

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1 Gounod: "fountain mingles"
2 Delius: "spirit meet and"
3 Gounod: "sunbeams clasp"
4 Delius: "is all this sweet work"; Gounod: "are all these kisses"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by (Paul) Jules Barbier (1825 - 1901) [an adaptation] ; composed by Charles Gounod.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ida Goldschmidt, née Livingston (1863 - 1933) ; composed by Roger Quilter.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by George John Bennett.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 91

Les sources se mêlent avec la rivière
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Les sources se mêlent avec la rivière
Et les rivières avec l'océan,
Les vents du ciel se mélangent pour toujours
Avec une douce émotion ;
Rien au monde n'est seul ;
Toutes les choses par une loi divine
Se mêlent l'une dans l'autre.
Pourquoi pas moi avec toi ?

Regarde les montagnes embrasser le ciel élevé
Et les vagues se serrer l'une l'autre ;
Aucune fleur jumelle ne serait pardonnée
Si elle dédaignait son frère ;
Et le soleil étreint la terre
Et les rayons de la lune embrassent la mer :
Que valent tous ces baisers
Si tu ne m'embrasses pas ?

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This text was added to the website: 2009-06-21
Line count: 16
Word count: 103