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Eau vivante (1906) Op. 95 no.6

Part of a series or song cycle:

La chanson d'Ève (Op. 95)

Eau vivante

Que tu es simple et claire,
Eau vivante,
Qui, du sein de la terre,
Jaillis en ces bassins et chantes!
Ô fontaine divine et pure,
Les plantes aspirent
Ta liquide clarté;
La biche et la colombe en toi se désaltèrent.
Et tu descends par des pentes douces
De fleurs et de mousses,
Vers l’océan originel,
Toi qui passes et vas, sans cesse, et jamais lasse
De la terre à la mer et de la mer au ciel.

Spring water

How simple and clear you are,
Spring water,
Who, from the heart of the earth,
Surges into these pools and sings!
O divine, pure fountain,
The plants breathe in
Your liquid limpidity;
The doe and the dove quench in you their thirst.
And you descend by the gentle banks
Of flowers and moss
Towards the primeval ocean,
You who come and go, without cease or fatigue,
From the land to the sea and from the sea to the sky.

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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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