by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892)

There she weaves by night and day
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay 
          To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
          The Lady of Shalott. 
 
And moving thro' a mirror clear
That hangs before her all the year,
Shadows of the world appear.
There she sees the highway near
          Winding down to Camelot: 
There the river eddy whirls,
And there the surly village-churls,
And the red cloaks of market girls,
          Pass onward from Shalott.
 
Sometimes a troop of damsels glad, 
An abbot on an ambling pad,
Sometimes a curly shepherd-lad,
Or long-hair'd page in crimson clad,
          Goes by to tower'd Camelot;
And sometimes thro' the mirror blue 
The knights come riding two and two:
She hath no loyal knight and true,
          The Lady of Shalott.
 
But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror's magic sights, 
For often thro' the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights,
          And music, went to Camelot:
Or when the moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed; 
'I am half sick of shadows,' said
          The Lady of Shalott.

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Confirmed with Quiller-Couch, Arthur Thomas, Sir. The Oxford Book of English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1919, [c1901]; Bartleby.com, 1999. www.bartleby.com/101/700.html.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2015-02-19
Line count: 36
Word count: 208