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La fée aux chansons Op. 27 no.2

La fée aux chansons

Il était une fée
D’herbe folle coiffée,
Qui courait les buissons,
Sans s’y laisser surprendre,
En avril, pour apprendre
Aux oiseaux leurs chansons.
Lorsque geais et linottes
Faisaient des fausses notes
En récitant leurs chants
La fée, avec constance,
Gourmandait d’importance
Ces élèves méchants.
Sa petite main nue,
D’un brin d’herbe menue
Cueilli dans les halliers,
Pour stimuler leurs zèles,
Fouettait sur leurs ailes
Ces mauvais écoliers.
Par un matin d’automne,
Elle vient et s’étonne,
De voir les bois déserts:
Avec les hirondelles
Ses amis infidèles
Avaient fui dans les airs.
Et tout l’hiver la fée,
D’herbe morte coiffée,
Et comptant les instants
Sous les forêts immenses,
Compose des romances
Pour le prochain printemps!

The song-fairy

There was a fairy
Crowned with rank weeds
Who ran through the bushes
Without being caught,
In April, to teach
The birds their songs.
When jays and linnets
Sang wrong notes
As they recited their songs,
The fairy, tirelessly,
Sternly rebuked
Those naughty pupils.
Her little bare hand,
With a tiny blade of grass
Plucked from the thickets,
To stimulate their zeal
Would whip the wings
Of those bad scholars.
One autumn morning
She comes and is amazed
To find the woods deserted.
With the swallows,
Her unfaithful friends
Had flown away on the wind.
And all winter long, the fairy,
Crowned with dead grass
And counting time
In the vast forests
Composes songs
For the coming spring!

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​"Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, nocturnes for piano and the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune". Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a more harmonically and melodically complex style." (Wikipedia)

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Paul-Armand Silvestre, French poet and conteur, was born in Paris.

He studied at the École polytechnique with the intention of entering the army, but in 1870 he entered the department of finance. He had a successful official career, was decorated with the Legion of Honour in 1886, and in 1892 was made inspector of fine arts. Armand Silvestre made his entry into literature as a poet, and was reckoned among the Parnassians.

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