by Paul Bourget (1852 - 1935)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Silence ineffable de l'heure
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Silence ineffable de l'heure
Où le cœur aimant sur un cœur
Se laisse en aller et s'endort,
-- Sur un cœur aimant qu'il adore !...

Musique tendre des paroles,
Comme un sanglot de rossignols,
Si tendre qu'on voudrait mourir,
-- Sur la bouche qui les soupire !...

L'ivresse ardente de la vie
Fait défaillir l'amant ravi,
Et l'on n'entend battre qu'un coeur,
-- Musique [et silence]1 de l'heure !...

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1 Maurice: "ineffable"


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Romanze", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-07-05
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

The ineffable silence of the hour
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
[The] ineffable silence of the hour
When a loving heart, onto another heart
Allows itself to fall asleep,
— Next to loving heart which it adores!...

[The] tender music of words,
Like a nightingale’s sob,
So tender that one would wish to die,
— On the mouth of one who whispers them!...
The fervent intoxication of life
Exhausts the ravished lover,
And one can only hear the beating of a heat,
-- Music [and silence]1 of the hour !…

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Translation of title "Romance" = "Romance"
1 Maurice: "ineffable"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-01-01
Line count: 12
Word count: 78