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The parable of the Old Man and the Young

Language: English

So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,
And took the fire with him, and a knife.
And as they sojourned both of them together,
Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father,
Behold the preparations, fire and iron,
But where the lamb for this burnt-offering?
Then Abram bound the youth with belts and straps,
And builded parapets and trenched there,
And streched forth the knife to slay his son.
When lo! and angel called him out of heaven,
Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad,
Neither do anything to him. Behold,
A ram, caught in a thicket by its horns;
Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him.

But the old man would not so, but slew his son, 
And half the seed of Europe, one by one.

Translation(s): CAT FRE

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-01-08.
Last modified: 2015-03-21 16:46:53
Line count: 16
Word count: 131

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Alors Abraham se leva et fendit le bois...

Language: French (Français) after the English

Alors Abraham se leva et fendit le bois et partit,
Et prit avec lui le feu, et un couteau.
Et alors qu'ils séjournaient ensemble
Isaac, son premier né dit : « Père,
Vois les préparatifs, le feu et le fer,
Mais où est l'agneau pour cet holocauste ? »
Alors Abraham attacha le jeune avec ceintures et sangles,
Et construisit là des parapets et des tranchées,
Et tendit son couteau pour tuer son fils.
Alors voici qu'un ange l'appela du ciel,
Disant : « Ne pose pas ta main sur le garçon,
Ne lui fais rien, vois,
Un bélier est empêtré par ses cornes dans un buisson ;
Offre le Bélier Orgueilleux à sa place.

Mais le vieil homme ne fit pas ainsi, mais tua son fils,
Et la moitié de la progéniture de l'Europe, un à un.

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Translation of title "The parable of the Old Man and the Young" = "La parabole du vieil homme et du jeune"


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Based on
  • a text in English by Wilfred Owen (1893 - 1918), "The parable of the Old Man and the Young", from Poems, first published 1920 CAT
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Benjamin Britten, Albert Tepper. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-03-21.
Last modified: 2015-03-21 16:47:26
Line count: 16
Word count: 138