by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Over hill, over dale
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE ITA
Over hill, over dale,
  Thorough bush, thorough briar,
Over park, over pale,
  Thorough flood, thorough fire
I do wander everywhere.

Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Per colline e per valli", copyright © 2008, (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: 14
Word count: 77

Par la colline, par la vallée
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Par la colline, par la vallée,
à travers les buissons, à travers les ronces,
par les parcs, par les haies,
à travers l’eau, à travers le feu,
j’erre en tous lieux,
plus rapide que la sphère de la lune.
Je sers la reine des fées,
et j’humecte les cercles qu’elle trace sur le gazon.
Les primevères les plus hautes sont ses pensionnaires.
Vous voyez des taches sur leurs robes d’or :
ce sont les rubis, les bijoux de la fée,
taches de rousseur d’où s’exhale leur senteur.
Il faut maintenant que j’aille chercher des gouttes de rosée,
pour suspendre une perle à chaque oreille d’ours.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-07-27
Line count: 14
Word count: 105