by Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki (1880 - 1918), as Guillaume Apollinaire
Translation © by Marian Nelson

Hyde Park
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Les Faiseurs de religion
Prêchaient dans le brouillard
Les ombres près de qui nous passions
Jouaient à collin maillard

À soixante-dix ans
Joues fraîches de petits enfants
Venez venez Eléonore
Et que sais-je encore

Regardez venir les cyclopes
Les pipes s'envolaient
Mais envolez-vous-en
Regards impénitents
Et l'Europe l'Europe

Regards sacrés
Mains enamourées
Et les amants s'aimèrent
Tant que prêcheurs prêchèrent


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Line count: 17
Word count: 60

Hyde Park
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The makers of religion
preached in the fog
The shadows we passed by
Played blind man’s bluff

At seventy years of age
Fresh cheeks of little children
Come come Eleonor
And what else do I know

Watch the cyclops come
The pipes flew away
But fly away
unrepentant gazes
and Europe Europe

Sacred gazes
Enamoured hands
And the lovers loved each other
For as long as preachers preached.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-25
Line count: 17
Word count: 68