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Oiseaux, si tous les ans

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Oiseaux, si tous les ans
Vous quittez nos climats,
Dès que le triste hiver
Dépouille nos bocages;
Ce n'est pas seulement
Pour changer de feuillages,
Et pour éviter nos frimats;
Mais votre destinée
Ne vous permet d'aimer,
Qu'à la saison des fleurs.
Et quand elle est passée,
Vous la cherchez ailleurs,
Afin d'aimer toute l'année.

Antoine Ferrand

Some editions choose an alternative version of text:

Oiseaux, si tous les ans
Vous changez de climats,
Dès que le triste hiver
Dépouille nos bocages;
Ce n'est pas seulement
Pour changer de feuillages,
Ni pour éviter nos frimats;
Mais votre destinée
Ne vous permet d'aimer,
Qu'à la saison des fleurs.
Et quand elle est passée,
Vous la cherchez ailleurs,
Afin d'aimer toute l'année.

Birds, if every year

 

Birds, if every year
you leave our climates
as soon as the sad winter
strips our groves;
It isn't solely
for a change of leaves
and to avoid the great frosts;
but your destiny
simply doesn't allow you to love
outside the season of flowers.
And when that season is past,
you seek it elsewhere
so as to love the whole year through.

© translated by Christopher Goldsack



Birds, if every year
you seek out better climates
as soon as the sad winter
strips our groves;
It isn't solely
for a change of leaves
nor to avoid the great frosts;
but your destiny
simply doesn't allow you to love
outside the season of flowers.
And when that season is past,
you seek it elsewhere
so as to love the whole year through.

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