by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation by Ernest Dowson (1867 - 1900)

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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Into the lonely park all frozen fast
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Into the lonely park all frozen fast,
Awhile ago there were two forms who passed.

Lo, are their lips fallen and their eyes dead,
Hardly shall a man hear the words they said.

Into the lonely park, all frozen fast,
There came two shadows who recall the past.

"Dost thou remember our old ecstasy?"--
"Wherefore should I possess that memory?"--

"Doth thine heart beat at my sole name alway?
Still dost thou see my soul in visions?"
     "Nay!"--

"They were fair days of joy unspeakable,
Whereon our lips were joined?"
     -- "I cannot tell."--

"Were not the heavens blue, was not hope high?"--
"Hope has fled vanquished down the darkling sky."--

So through the barren oats they wandered,
And the night only heard the words they said.

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