by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585)
Translation © by David Wyatt

La terre les eaux va buvant
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
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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  • 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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Word count: 49

Earth goes on by drinking the rain
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
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?


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This text was added to the website: 2012-05-18
Line count: 8
Word count: 51