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Paradise regained

Language: English

There is a garden somewhere set,
Where singing birds abound,
And plashing founts the marble fret
With soft persistent sound;

Sorrow and sighing thence shall flee,
And none shall there intrude,
Save those who by simplicity
Have won beatitude.

The simple heart and simple mind,
Sincere in trust and troth,
From honest pleasure unconfin'd
For honest love unloth;

And there shall you be queen; but I,
Shall I find entrance too?
Or must I roam eternity,
To search, [sweetheart]1, for you?

Translation(s): FRE FRE SPA

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1 Albéniz: "sweet heart"

Submitted by Alfredo García


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  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alfredo García) , title 1: "El paraíso recobrado", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , title 1: "Le paradis retrouvé", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-12-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:01
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Word count: 81

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Le paradis retrouvé

Language: French (Français) after the English

Il est un jardin quelque part
Qui regorge d'oideaux chantant
Et de jets d'eaux se déversant sur les marbres
Avec une douce sonorité persistante.

De là, fuiront les soucis et les soupirs,
Et nul ne pourra s'y introduire,
Hormis ceux qui, par leur simplicité,
Auront acquis la sérénité.

Le pauvre de cœur et d'esprit,
Sincère dans la confiance et les serments,
Non confiné aux plaisirs honnêtes,
Non hostile à l'amour sincère ;

Et là, tu sera reine ; mais moi,
Pourrais-je aussi trouver l'accès?
Où dois-je parcourir l'éternité
À ta recherche, ma douce âme ?

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Text added to the website: 2009-11-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:27
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Word count: 95