by Marc Monnier (1827 - 1885)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Gondolier du Rialto
Mon château c'est la lagune,
Mon jardin c'est le Lido.
Mon rideau le clair de lune.
Gondolier du grand canal,
Pour fanal j'ai la croisée
Où s'allument tous les soirs,
Tes yeux noirs, mon épousée.
Ma gondole est aux heureux,
Deux à deux je la promène,
Et les vents légers et frais
Sont discret sur mon domaine.
J'ai passé dans les amours,
Plus de jours et de nuits folles,
Que Venise n'a d'ilots
Que ses flots n'ont de gondoles.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 82

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 I am a Gondolier of Rialto;
 my castle is the lagoon,
 and my garden is the Lido.
 My curtains are the light of the moon.
 I am a Gondolier of the Great Canal:
 as a beacon I have the window
 illuminated every night 
 by your dark eyes, my wife.
 My gondola is for the happy,
 and I take them out two by two;
 and the light, fresh breezes
 are discreet in my domain.
 I have passed in my love
 more intoxicated days and nights
 than Venice has islands,
 than even its streams have gondolas.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 95