Clair de lune


Verlaine’s poetry translated by Fauré & Debussy

…Au calme clair de lune triste et beau,
Qui fait rêver les oiseaux dans les arbres
Et sangloter d’extase les jets d’eau,
Les grands jets d’eau sveltes parmi les marbres.

Paul Verlaine: Clair de lune from Fêtes galantes

[…In the calm moonbeams, sad and beautiful,
Which make the birds dream in the trees
And the fountains sob in ecstasy,
The tall fountains, elegant amid the marble statues.]


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