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Viens, les gazons sont verts (1875)

This song was recorded live in The Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2006.
Click here to listen to this song performed by Sophie Daneman and Julius Drake.

Viens, les gazons sont verts

Si tu dors, jeune fille,
Debout, debout! voici le soleil!
Chasse de tes yeux l'indolent sommeil!
C'est l'heure du réveil!
Suis moi, vive et gentille!
Pieds nus, viens! Les gazons sont verts!
Les ruisseaux jaseurs par les bois déserts
Promènent leurs flots clairs!

Come, the lawns are green

If you are sleeping, my girl,
Rise up, rise up, the sun is here!
Brush idle sleep from your eyes,
It is time to awake!
Follow me quickly and sweetly,
Barefoot, come, the lawns are green!
The babbling brooks in the empty woods
Flow with limpid water.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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