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

Bright be thy dreams
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
Bright be thy dreams -- may all thy weeping
Turn into smiles while thou art sleeping.
May those by death or seas removed,
The friends, who in thy springtime knew thee,
All thou hast ever priz'd or lov'd,
In dreams come smiling to thee!

There may the child, whose love lay deepest,
Dearest of all, come while thou sleepest;
Still as she was -- no charm forgot --
No lustre lost that life had given;
Or, if changed, but changed to what
Thou'lt find her yet in Heaven!


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Que tes rêves soient lumineux", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Que tes rêves soient lumineux
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Que tes rêves soient lumineux, puissent tous tes pleurs
Se changer en sourires quand tu dors.
Puissent ceux qui furent enlevés par la mort ou la mer,
Les amis qui dans ton printemps te connurent,
Tous ceux que tu as un jour apprécié ou aimé
Venir te sourire dans tes rêves !

Puisse l'enfant , dont l'amour t'habite au plus profond,
La plus chère de tous, venir là pendant que tu dors ;
Silencieuse, comme elle fut, avec son charme,
Sans avoir perdu le brillant que la vie lui donna ;
Ou bien, si changée, mais changée en quoi,
Que tu la retrouves au Paradis !


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Word count: 106