Translation © by Laura Prichard

J'ai perdu la forêt, la plaine
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
J'ai perdu la forêt, la plaine,
Et les frais avrils d'autre-fois.
Donne tes lèvres, leur haleine
Ce sera le souffle des bois.

J'ai perdu l'océan morose,
Son deuil, ses vagues, ses échos;
Dis-moi n'importe quelle chose,
Ce sera la rumeur des flots.

Lourd d'une tristesse royale
Mon front songe aux soleils enfuis.
Oh! cache-moi dans ton sein pâle!
Ce sera le calme des nuits.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 64

I’ve lost the forest, the plain
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
I’ve lost the forest, the plain,
And the fresh April of bygone days.
Give [me] your lips, their breath
Will be the breath of the woods.

I’ve lost the morose ocean,
Its grief, its waves, its echos;
You can say anything you want to about it,
It’ll be the secret of the streams.

Heavy with royal sorrow
My brow dreams of the scattered sunbeams.
Oh! snuggle me to your pale bosom!
That will take place in the still of the night.

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Translation of title "L'aveu" = "The vow"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-04-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 81