by Jean de La Ville de Mirmont (1886 - 1914)
Translation © by Shawn Thuris

Diane, Séléné, lune de beau métal
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Diane, Séléné, lune de beau métal,
Qui reflète vers nous, par ta face déserte,
Dans l'immortel ennui du calme sidéral,
Le regret d'un soleil dont nous pleurons la perte.

Ô lune, je t'en veux de ta limpidité
Injurieuse au trouble vain des pauvres âmes,
Et mon cœur, toujours las et toujours agité,
Aspire vers la paix de ta nocturne flamme.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Jean de La Ville de Mirmont, L’Horizon chimérique, Recueil posthume, Éd. Société Littéraire de France, 1920.


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

  • ENG English (Shawn Thuris) , "Diana, Selena", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nele Gramß) , "Diana, Selene", copyright ©, (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: 8
Word count: 60

Diana, Selena
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Diana, Selena, moon of lovely metal,
You reflect to us upon your desert face,
In the eternal boredom of the stars' quietude,
The regret of a sun whose loss we mourn.

O moon, I covet your clarity,
Insult to the vain turmoil of poor souls,
And my heart, ever weary and ever restless,
Aspires toward the peace of your nocturnal flame.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 61