by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Peter Low

Le faune
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER HUN
Un vieux faune de terre cuite
Rit au centre des boulingrins,
Présageant sans doute une suite
Mauvaise à ces instants sereins

Qui m'ont conduit et t'ont conduite,
-- Mélancoliques pèlerins, --
Jusqu'à cette heure dont la fuite
Tournoie au son des tambourins.

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Na sošku fauna v parku"
  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "The faun", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Nita Cox) , "The dancing faun"
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "The faun", written 2002, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "The Faun", written c2005, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Der Faun", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "A faun", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The faun
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
An old faun made of terra-cotta
stands laughing in the middle of the lawn
doubtless predicting an unhappy
sequel to these serene moments

which have brought you and me (a couple
of melancholy pilgrims)
to this brief transient hour which now
is whirling away to the beat of little drums.

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