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

Allons plus vite
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Et le soir vient et les lys meurent
Regarde ma douleur beau ciel qui me l'envoies
Une nuit de mélancolie

Enfant souris ô soeur écoute 
Pauvres marchez sur la grand-route
O menteuse forêt qui surgis à ma voix
Les flammes qui brûlent les âmes

Sur le Boulevard de Grenelle
Les ouvriers et les patrons
Arbres de mai cette dentelle
Ne fais donc pas le fanfaron
Allons plus vite nom de Dieu
Allons plus vite

Tous les poteaux télégraphiques
Viennent là-bas le long du quai
Sur son sein notre République
A mis ce bouquet de muguet
Qui poussait dru le long du quai
Allons plus vite nom de Dieu
Allons plus vite

La bouche en coeur Pauline honteuse
Les ouvriers et les patrons,
Oui-dà oui-dà belle endormeuse
Ton frère
Allons plus vite nom de Dieu
Allons plus vite

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  • ENG English (Stephen Jackson) , title 1: "Going faster", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 26
Word count: 137

Going faster
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
And the evening comes and the lilies die
Look at the painful and beautiful sky that sends me
A night of melancholy

Mouse-child, oh sister listening 
The poor walk on the highway
Oh forest of liars that surge to my voice
The flames that burn the souls

On the Boulevard de Grenelle
Laborers and patrons
Trees in May -  this lace
So do not do it swaggering
Going faster, in the name of God
Going faster!

All telegraph poles
Come there along the quay
On her breast our republic
Put this bouquet of lily of the valley
That grew thickly along the quay
Going faster, in the name of God
Going faster!

The mouth in the heart of disgraceful Pauline
Laborers and patrons,
Yes indeed!1 Yes indeed! beautiful soporific
Your brother
Going faster, in the name of God,
Going faster!

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1: "Oui-dà" is an archaic form that is usually translated as a double affirmative.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-23
Line count: 26
Word count: 140