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

I slept on my three‑leged stool by the...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
I slept on my three-leged stool by the fire,
The speckled cat slept on my knee;
We never thought to enquire
Where the brown hare might be,
And whether the door were shut.
Who knows how she drank the wind
Stretched up on two legs from the mat,
Before she had settled her mind
To drum with her heel and to leap:
Had I but awakened from sleep
And called her name, she had heard,
It may be, and not have stirred,
That now, it may be, has found
The horn's sweet note and the tooth of the hound.

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Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 314.


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Line count: 14
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Je dormais près du feu sur ma chaise à...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Je dormais près du feu sur ma chaise à trois pieds,
Le chat tacheté dormait sur mes genoux ;
Nous n'avions jamais songé à savoir
Où pouvait être le lièvre brun,
Et si la porte était fermée.
Qui sait comment il prit le vent,
Étira ses deux pattes sur le paillasson
Avant de se décider
À tambouriner du talon et à sauter :
Si je m'étais réveillé
Et l'avais appelé par son nom, il aurait entendu,
Peut-être, et ne serait pas sorti,
Alors que maintenant il a peut-être trouvé
La douce note du cor et la dent du chien.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-29
Line count: 14
Word count: 99