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

To a squirrel at Kyle‑na‑no
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
Come play with me;
Why should you run
Through the shaking tree
As though I'd a gun
To strike you dead?
When all I would do
Is to scratch your head
And let you go.

Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 286.

First published in New Statesman, September 1917


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "À un écureuil à Kyle-na-no", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-20
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Word count: 35

À un écureuil à Kyle‑na‑no
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Viens jouer avec moi ;
Pourquoi te sauverais-tu
Dans cet arbre agité
Comme si j'avais un fusil
Pour te tirer un coup mortel ?
Quand tout ce que je voulais faire
Était te gratter la tête
Et te laisser partir.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 40