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Prima verba (1906) Op. 95 no.2

Part of a series or song cycle:

La chanson d'Ève (Op. 95)

Prima verba

Comme elle chante
Dans ma voix,
L’âme longtemps murmurante
Des fontaines et des bois!
Air limpide du paradis,
Avec tes grappes de rubis,
Avec tes gerbes de lumière,
Avec tes roses et tes fruits;
Quelle merveille en nous à cette heure!
Des paroles depuis des âges endormies
En des sons, en des fleurs,
Sur mes lèvres enfin prennent vie.
Depuis que mon souffle a dit leur chanson,
Depuis que ma voix les a créées,
Quel silence heureux et profond
Naît de leurs âmes allégées!

The first words

How it sings
In my voice,
The constantly murmuring soul
Of the springs and woods!
Clear air of paradise
With your ruby grape-clusters,
With your sheafs of light,
With your roses and your fruits;
How we marvel at such a moment!
Words that had slumbered for aeons
Finally come to life on my lips
As sounds, as flowers.
Since my breath uttered their song,
Since my voice created them,
What deep and blissful silence
Is born from their unburdened souls!

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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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Charles van Lerberghe was a Flemish (Belgian) symbolist poet writing in French.

His poetry was set by Gabriel Fauré in the song cycles La chanson d'Ève and Le jardin clos.

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