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Viens! les gazons sont verts!

Gounod (1875)

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!

Jules Barbier

Come! The lawns are green!


If you are sleeping, young lady,
Get up! Get up! Here is the sun!
Shake indolent sleep from your eyes!
It is time to wake up

Follow me, lively and kind,
barefoot, come! The lawns are green!
The chattering streams through the empty woods
carry their clear waters.

© translated by Christopher Goldsack

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