The English version presented below is a literal, word-for-word translation. It attempts to preserve the poet's word order as far as possible, for a better appreciation of the composer's musical treatment of individual words and phrases. Download track from iTunes.
Comme il murmure en cette fontaine!
Comme il se baigne dans la lumière
Charles Van Lerberghe
How he murmurs in this stream!
How he bathes in the light