French Fall Poem called "Automne" with an MP3 Recording

It’s always nice to celebrate the season with a poem.  Here’s a French piece about Autumn by Théodore de Banville (1823 – 1891).  You can read it below, while listening along with the recording, followed by an English translation…

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L’Automne

Sois le bienvenu, rouge Automne,
Accours dans ton riche appareil,
Embrase le coteau vermeil
Que la vigne pare et festonne.

Père, tu rempliras la tonne
Qui nous verse le doux sommeil ;
Sois le bienvenu, rouge Automne,
Accours dans ton riche appareil.

Déjà la Nymphe qui s’étonne,
Blanche de la nuque à l’orteil,
Rit aux chants ivres de soleil
Que le gai vendangeur entonne.
Sois le bienvenu, rouge Automne.

Autumn

Welcome, red autumn,
Hurry in your rich apparel,
Set ablaze the ruby hillside
That the grapevine embellishes and adorns.

Father, you’ll fill the cask
That makes us sleep sweetly.
Welcome, red autumn,
Hurry in your rich apparel.

Already the Nymph who’s surprised,
White from neck to toe,
Laughs at the sun-drunk songs
That the merry grape-picker chants
Welcome, red autumn.

Translated by Lisa and Monique
Recorded by Monique
Photo by Lisa

Enjoy the season!

Mama Lisa

Monique Palomares works with me on the French and Spanish versions of Mama Lisa’s World.

This article was posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 2:48 pm and is filed under Autumn, Countries & Cultures, Fall, France, French, French Poems, Holidays Around the World, Languages, MP3's, MP3's of Poems, Poetry, Poetry about the Seasons, Recordings, Recordings of Poems, Seasonal. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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