by Maurice Bouchor (1855 - 1929)
Translation © by Faith J. Cormier

Nous nous aimerons au bord d'un sentier
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Nous nous aimerons au bord d'un [sentier]1
Où l'herbe soit haute, et fraîche, et bien douce,
Ou dans les grands bois, sur un lit de mousse...
Nous nous aimerons [dans]2 le monde entier.

Nous nous [en irons]3 éperdus, en rêve,
Ne comprenant rien aux bruits d'ici-bas,
Nous aimant toujours, ne nous parlant pas,
Sur un océan qui n'a point de grève.

Nous n'aborderons nulle part : toujours
Un bonheur tranquille, ineffable, immense ;
Et le vent des cieux, plus doux qu'un silence,
Nous murmurera des chansons d'amour.

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1 de Camondo: "ruisseau"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Chausson: "par"
3 Chausson: "aimerons"


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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 87

We will love each other beside a path
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
We will love each other beside a path, 
in the tall, fresh, sweet grass, 
or deep in the forest on a bed of moss. 
We will love each other throughout the whole world. 

We will [drift]1 lost, dreaming, 
not understanding any of the noise around us, 
loving each other forever, mute, 
on a shoreless sea. 

We will never come ashore. 
A quiet, ineffable, immense happiness, 
and the wind of heaven, softer than silence, 
will whisper love songs in our ears.

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1 Chausson: "love each other"


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This text was added to the website: 2014-11-07
Line count: 12
Word count: 80