by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

How dear to me the hour
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
How dear to me the hour when daylight dies,
And sunbeams melt along the silent sea,
For then sweet dreams of other days arise,
And memory breathes her vesper sigh to thee. 

And, as I watch the line of light, that plays
Along the smooth wave toward the burning west,
I long to tread that golden path of rays,
And think 'twould lead to some bright isle of rest.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Combien m'est chère l'heure", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Combien m'est chère l'heure
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Combien m'est chère l'heure où la lumière du jour expire
Et où les rayons du soleil fondent sur la mer silencieuse,
Car c'est alors que se lèvent les doux rêves des jours passés,
Et que ma mémoire exhale vers toi son soupir vespéral.

Et tandis que j'observe la ligne de lumière qui joue
Le long des douces vagues en direction de l'ouest en feu,
Je languis de fouler ce chemin de rayons d'or,
Et pense qu'il doit mener vers quelque île claire où reposer.


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