by Catulle Mendès (1841 - 1909)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Chanson pour Jeanne
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Puisque les roses sont jolies,
Et puisque Jeanne l'est aussi,
Tout fleurit dans ce monde ci,
Et c'est la pire des folies
Que de mettre ailleurs son souci,
Puisque les roses sont jolies,
Et puisque Jeanne l'est aussi.

Puisque vous gazouillez, mésanges,
Et que Jeanne gazouille aussi,
Tout chante, dans ce monde ci
Et les harpes saintes des anges
Ne feront jamais mon souci
Puisque vous gazouillez, mésanges,
Et que Jeanne gazouille aussi.

Puisque la belle fleur est morte,
Morte l'oiselle et Jeanne aussi...
Rien ne vit dans ce monde ci!
Et j'attends qu'un souffle m'emporte
Dans la tombe, mon seul souci...
Puisque la belle fleur est morte,
Morte l'oiselle et Jeanne aussi.

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "Song for Jeanne", copyright © 2016, (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: 21
Word count: 113

Song for Jeanne
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Since the roses are pretty,
And since Jeanne is also,
Everything is flowering in the whole world,
And it’s the worst kind of insanity
To place your cares elsewhere,
Since the roses are pretty,
And since Jeanne is also.
Since you’re twittering, chickadees,
And since Jeanne is also twittering,
Everything is singing in the whole world,
And the saintly harps of the angels
Will never be my concern
Since you’re twittering, chickadees,
And since Jeanne is also twittering.

Since the beautiful flower is dead,
The female bird is dead and Jeanne also…
Nothing is living in the whole world!
And I wait to take [my last] breath
In the tomb, my only concern,
Since the beautiful flower is dead,
The female bird is dead and Jeanne also.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-04-19
Line count: 21
Word count: 127