by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Pale brows, still hands and dim hair
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE ITA
Pale brows, still hands and dim hair, 
I had a beautiful friend 
And dreamed that the old despair 
Would end in love in the end: 
She looked in my heart one day 
And saw your image was there; 
She has gone weeping away.

About the headline (FAQ)

Note: first published in Dome, May 1898 as one of the "Aodh to Dectora. Three Songs", revised 1899, revised 1906.

Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 16.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "L'amore perduto", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 7
Word count: 43

Front pâle, mains immobiles et cheveux...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Front pâle, mains immobiles et cheveux ternes,
J'avais une belle amie
Et rêvais que le vieux désespoir
Se terminerait finalement en amour :
Un jour elle regarda dans mon cœur
Et y vit ton image ;
Elle est partie en pleurant.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "The lover mours for the loss of love" = "L'amant se lamente de la Perte de l 'Amour"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-27
Line count: 7
Word count: 41