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La terre les eaux va buvant L'arbre la boit par sa racine La mer éparse boit le vent et le soleil boit la marine Le soleil est bu de la lune Tout boit soit en haut ou en bas Suivant cette règle commune Pourquoi donc ne boirions nous pas?
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- by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585), "Ode Anacréontique XXXI", written 1555, appears in Les Odes, no. 31 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Pierre (Onfroy) de Bréville (1861 - 1949), "La terre les eaux va buvant", published 1925 [medium voice and piano], Édition Rouart, Lerolle [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Guillaume Costeley (1530 - 1606), "La terre les eaux va buvant" [ sung text checked 2 times]
- by Arthur Honegger (1892 - 1955), "La terre les eaux va buvant", H. 184 no. 4 (1944), published 1947, from Romances choisies, quatre chansons pour voix grave, no. 4. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Roland de Lassus (1532 - 1594), "La terre les eaux va buvant", 1565. [vocal quintet a cappella] [ sung text checked 2 times]
- by Estienne du Tertre (fl. mid 16th century), "La terre les eaux va buvant", 1559. [vocal quartet a cappella] [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Earth goes on by drinking the rain", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Earth goes on by drinking the rain, The tree drinks from the earth through its roots The scattered seas drink the wind, And the sun drinks the ocean; The sun is drunk by the moon. All things drink, high or low; Following this common rule Why then should we not too?
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2012 by David Wyatt, (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.
- a text in French (Français) by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585), "Ode Anacréontique XXXI", written 1555, appears in Les Odes, no. 31
Text added to the website: 2012-05-18 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:55
Line count: 8
Word count: 51