Translation © by Laura (Pranada) Sylvis

La cigale
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ô Cigale, née avec les beaux jours,
Sur les verts rameaux dès l'aube posée,
Contente de boire un peu de rosée,
Et telle qu'un roi, tu chantes toujours.

Innocente à tous, paisible et sans ruses,
Le gai laboureur, du chêne abrité,
T'écoute de loin annoncer l'Été
Apollôn t'honore autant que les Muses,
Et Zeus ta donné l'Immortalité!

Salut, sage enfant de la Terre antique,
Dont le chant invite à clore les yeux,
Et qui, sous l'ardeur du soleil Attique,
N'ayant chair ni sang, vis semblable aux Dieux.


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  • ENG English (Laura (Pranada) Sylvis) , "The cicada", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The cicada
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
O cicada, born with fine days,
Poised from dawn on the green branches,
Happy to drink a little dew,
And kinglike, you always sing.

Blameless to all, peaceful and without guile,
The happy worker, shaded by the oaktree,
Hears you in the distance heralding summer.
Apollo praises you as highly as the Muses,
And Zeus has given you immortality!

Hail, wise child of ancient earth,
Whose song invites eyes to close,
And who, beneath the intensity of the Attic sun,
Having neither flesh nor blood, live like the Gods.


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Text added to the website: 2004-11-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:10
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