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Air champêtre (1927) FP46

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Airs chantés (FP46)

Air champêtre

Belle source, je veux me rappeler sans cesse,
Qu’un jour guidé par l’amitié Ravi,
j’ai contemplé ton visage, ô déesse,
Perdu sous la mousse à moitié.
Que n’est-il demeuré, cet ami que je pleure,
O nymphe, à ton culte attaché,
Pour se mêler encore au souffle qui t’effleure
Et répondre à ton flot caché.

Pastoral Air

Lovely spring, I shall never cease to remember
That on a day, guided by entranced friendship,
I gazed on your face, O goddess,
Half hidden beneath the moss.
Had he but remained, this friend whom I mourn,
O nymph, a devotee of your cult,
To mingle once more with the breeze that caresses you,
And to respond to your hidden waters!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (F7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music.

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