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If the dull substance of my flesh were...

Language: English

If the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
Injurious distance should not stop my way;
For then despite of space I would be brought,
From limits far remote where thou dost stay.
No matter then although my foot did stand
Upon the farthest earth removed from thee;
For nimble thought can jump both sea and land
As soon as think the place where he would be.
But ah! thought kills me that I am not thought,
To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,
But that so much of earth and water wrought
I must attend time's leisure with my moan,
  Receiving nought by elements so slow
  But heavy tears, badges of either's woe.


Translation(s): FRE ITA

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Se l'ottusa sostanza della mia carne fosse intelletto", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo) , no title, from Sonnets de Shakespeare, no. 44, published 1857


Text added to the website: 2008-07-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:48
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Word count: 117

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Si mon être grossier n'était fait que de...

Language: French (Français) after the English

Si mon être grossier n'était fait que de pensée, 
la distance injurieuse n'arrêterait pas ma marche ; 
car alors, en dépit de l'espace, je me transporterais 
des limites les plus reculées au lieu où tu résides.
Qu'importerait alors que mon pied reposât 
sur la terre la plus éloignée de toi ? 
ma pensée agile franchirait la terre et la mer aussi vite 
qu'elle penserait au lieu souhaité.
Mais hélas ! cette pensée me tue que je ne suis pas fait de pensée 
pour traverser d'un bond les longs milles qui nous séparent, 
et qu'au contraire, si lourdement composé de terre et d'eau, 
je dois attendre dans ma douleur le bon plaisir du temps ;
  Ne tirant rien de ces éléments inertes 
  que des larmes pesantes, insigne de ma double servitude.


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Text added to the website: 2010-08-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:57
Line count: 14
Word count: 130