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Silver Sea The Cradles
   
Credits: Gabriel Faur; lyrics by R. F. Sully Prudhomme
   
Appears On: Silver Sea
   
Language: French
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Le long du quai les grands vaisseaux Along the quay, the great ships
Que la houle incline en silence Silently swaying on the swell of the waves
Ne prennent pas garde aux berceaux They pay no attention to the cradles
Que la main des femmes balance Rocked by womens' hands
   
Mais viendra le jour des adieux But the day of good-byes will come
Car il faut que les femmes pleurent For women must weep
Et que les hommes curieux And restless men
Tentent les horizons qui leurent Must seek out alluring horizons
   
Et ce jour-l les grands vaisseaux And on that day the great ships
Fuyant le port qui diminue Leaving the port that diminishes behind them
Sentent leur masse retenue Feel their hulls held back
Par l'me des lointains berceaux By the soul of the distant cradles
Par l'me des lointains berceaux By the soul of the distant cradles