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Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths

Language: English

Had I the [heavens']1 embroidered cloths
Enwrought with golden and silver light
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.


Translation(s): FRE GER HUN

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Original title is "Aedh wishes for the cloths of heaven"; revised 1906; re-titled "He wishes for the cloths of heaven".

Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 45.

1 Gurney: "Heaven's"

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Si j'avais les voiles brodés du ciel

Language: French (Français) after the English

Si j'avais les voiles brodés du ciel
Brochés de lumière d'argent et d'or,
Les voiles bleus et pâles et sombres
De la nuit et de la lumière et du demi-jour,

Je voudrais étendre ces voiles sous tes pieds,
Mais, étant pauvre, je n'ai que mes rêves ;
J'ai étendu mes rêves sous tes pieds ;
Marche à pas légers, car tu marches sur mes rêves.


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Translation of title "He wishes for the cloths of heaven" = "Il veut les voiles du ciel"

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), title 1: "Aedh wishes for the cloths of heaven", title 2: "He wishes for the cloths of heaven", appears in The Wind among the reeds, first published 1899 GER HUN
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Frederic Austin, Gary Bachlund, Herbert Bedford, Brian Boydell, William Denis Browne, Colin Brumby, John Wallace Carter, Rebecca Clarke, Thomas Frederick Dunhill, Joseph Eidson, Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, Richard B. Evans, Ivor Gurney, Maitland Harvey, Paavo Heininen, Gordon Kerry, Nicholas Marshall, Hugh Stevenson Roberton, Sir, Richard Roderick-Jones, Landon Ronald, Sir, Douglas MacDonald Stewart, John Kenneth Tavener, Clyde Van Nuys Fogel, Peter Warlock. Go to the text.

 

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