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Air limpide du paradis,
Quelle merveille en nous à cette heure!
Depuis que mon souffle a dit leur chanson,
Charles Van Lerberghe
Limpid air of paradise,
What marvel [there is] within us at this moment!
Since that my breath has uttered their song,