by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Dans le vieux parc solitaire et glacé
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER GER ITA
Dans le vieux parc solitaire et glacé
Deux formes ont tout à l'heure passé.

Leurs yeux sont morts et leur lèvres sont molles,
Et l'on entend à peine leurs paroles.

Dans le vieux parc solitaire et glacé
Deux spectres ont évoqué le passé.

-- Te souvient-il de notre extase ancienne?
-- Pourquoi voulez-vous donc qu'il m'en souvienne?

-- Ton cœur bat-il toujours à mon seul nom?
Toujours vois-tu mon âme en rêve? -- Non.

-- Ah ! Les beaux jours de bonheur indicible
Où nous joignions nos bouches ! -- C'est possible.

-- Qu'il était bleu, le ciel, et grand l'espoir!
-- L'espoir a fui, vaincu, vers le ciel noir.

Tels ils marchaient dans les avoines folles,
Et la nuit seule entendit leurs paroles.

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  • ENG English [singable] (Peter Low) , "Sentimental dialogue", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ernest Dowson) , no title, appears in Decorations, in After Paul Verlaine, no. 2
  • ENG English [singable] (Nita Cox) , "The colloquy"
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Pierre Mathé) , "Gefühlvolles Zwiegespräch", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Wehmütige Zwiesprache", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Colloquio sentimentale", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Colloquio sentimentale
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the French (Français) 
Nel vecchio parco solitario e gelato
due ombre, poco fa, sono passate.

Lo sguardo è smorto, il loro labbro molle,
a fatica si sentono le loro parole.

Nel vecchio parco solitario e gelato
due fantasmi ricordano il passato.

Ti ricordi della nostra antica ebbrezza?
Perché desiderate che me ne sovvenga?

Balza sempre il tuo cuore al suono del mio nome?
Vedi tu sempre l'anima mia nel sogno?  No.

Ah, i giorni belli di felicità indicibile,
Quando le nostre labbra si univano: E' possibile.

Quando il cielo era azzurro, e la speranza infinita!
Che adesso, vinta, verso un cielo nero e fuggita.

Così procedevano in mezzo all'erba incolta,
solo la notte le loro parole ascolta.

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