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Rondel I (1904) L115

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Trois Chansons de France (L115)

Rondel I

Le temps a laissié son manteau
De vent, de froidure et de pluye,
Et s’est vestu de broderye,
De soleil raiant, cler et beau.
Il n’y a beste ne oiseau
Qui en son jargon ne chante ou crye:
Le temps a laissié son manteau.
Rivière, fontaine et ruisseau
Portent, en livrée jolye,
Goultes d’argent d’orfaverie.
Chascun s’abille de nouveau,
Le temps a laissié son manteau.

Rondel I

The season has shed its cloak
Of wind and cold and rain
And donned embroidered garments
Of radiant sunshine, clear and fair.
There is no beast nor bird
That in its own tongue does not sing or cry:
The season has shed its cloak.
River, fountain and brook
Wear, as pretty livery,
Drops of silver jewellery.
Each thing clads itself anew,
The season has shed its cloak.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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