À La Claire Fontaine

Composed by Traditional
Arranged by Eleanor Daley
Voicing: SSA
Instrumentation: piano
Catalog number: AMP 1022
Price: $2.00

À La Claire Fontaine

Text and Translation:

             A la claire fontaine
M'en allant promener,
J'ai trouvé l'eau si belle
Que je m'y suis baigné.

             At the clear fountain
As I was strolling by,
I found the water so lovely
That I went in to bathe.

Ii y a longtemps que je t'aime,
jamais je ne t'oublierai.

It's so long that I've loved you,
Never will I forget you.

             Sous les feuilles d'un chêne
Je me suis fait sécher,
Sur la plus haute branche,
Un rossignol chantait. (Refrain)

             Under an oak tree
I dried myself,
On the highest branch
A nightingale was singing. (Refrain)

             Chante, rossignol, chante,
Toi qui as le coeur gai,
Tu as le coeur à rire,
Moi je l'ai à pleurer. (Refrain)

             Sing, nightingale, sing,
Yo ur heart is so happy,
Your heart feels like laughing,
Mine feels like weeping. (Refrain)

             J'ai perdu mon amie
Sans l'avoir mérité,
Pour un bouquet de roses,
Que je lui refusai. (Refrain)

             I lost my beloved
Without deserving it,
Over a bouquet of roses,
That I refused to give her. (Refrain)

             Je voudrais que la rose
Fût encore au rosier,
Et que ma douce amie
Fût encore a m'aimer. (Refrain)

             I wanted the rose
To stay on the rosebush,
And for my sweet love
To still be loving me. (Refrain)

recording performed by Los Angeles Children's Chorus
Pasadena, California
Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director

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