by Charles Koechlin (1867 - 1950)
Translation © by Marian Nelson

La naïade
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Quand tu nageois emmy Syrènes et Tritons, 
Gente naïade au corps souëf
Enjoleuse la jolie, 
Tu cuydois l'enjoler,
»Tu t'entraînais«, 
Ah, la bonne blague!
Et c'est la sérieuse affaire qui t'a prise.

Aphrodite s'est vengée de voir en toi, lovely,
Une si jolie rivale à la Vénus de Botticelli,
Enjoleuse la jolie, 
Enjolée à son tour.


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The naiad
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
As you swam amongst Sirens and tritons,
Gentle naiad with the supple body,
Lovely seducer,
You thought you’d seduce him
You were ‘rehearsing’,
Ah! the great joke!
And it was the serious affair that captured you.

Aphrodite took her vengeance in seeing you lovely,
So sweet a rival to Botticelli’s Venus
The lovely seducer
Herself in turn seduced,
Cupids and,


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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-25
Line count: 15
Word count: 63