by Wilfred Owen (1893 - 1918)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

At a Calvary near the Ancre
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE
One ever hangs where shelled roads part.
In this war He too lost a limb,
But His disciples hide apart;
And now the Soldiers bear with Him.

Near Golgatha strolls many a priest,
And in their faces there is pride
That they were flesh-marked by the Beast
By whom the gentle Christ's denied.

The scribes on all the people shove
And bawl allegiance to the state,
But they who love the greater love
Lay down their life; they do not hate.

Note: in Britten's setting, each stanza is separated by lines from Agnus dei. The two texts are interleaved.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-01-08
Line count: 12
Word count: 81

Il est toujours là où des routes...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Il est toujours là où des routes bombardées se séparent.
Dans cette guerre, Lui aussi a perdu un membre,
Mais ses disciples se cachent à l'écart ;
Et maintenant les soldats Le supportent patiemment.

Plus d'un prêtre passe près du Golgotha,
Et il y a de la fierté sur leurs faces
Car ils ont été marqués dans leurs chairs par la Bête
Par qui le gentil Christ fut nié.

Les scribes bousculent tous les gens
Et hurlent leur allégeance à l'état,
Mais ceux qui aiment le plus aiment
Renoncer à leur vie ; ils ne haïssent pas.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "At a Calvary near the Ancre" = "Au pied d'un calvaire près de l'Ancre"
Note: L'Ancre est une rivière où se déroula une bataille en 1916


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This text was added to the website: 2015-03-21
Line count: 12
Word count: 97