Translation © by Iain Sneddon

Les étoiles
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Les cieux resplendissants d'Étoiles
Aux radieux frissonnements,
Ressemblent à des flots dormants
Que sillonnent de blanches voiles.

Quand l'azur déchire ses voiles,
Nous voyons les bleus firmaments,
Les cieux resplendissant d'Étoiles,
Aux radieux frissonnements.

Quel peintre mettra sur ses toiles,
O dieu! leurs clairs fourmillements,
Ces fournaises de diamants
Qu'à nos yeux ravis tu dévoiles,
Les cieux resplendissants d'Étoiles?


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

  • ENG English (Iain Sneddon) , "The Stars", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 59

The Stars
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The heavens are resplendent with stars
Radiantly shimmering,
Looking like sleeping waves
That furrow white sails.

When the sky tears up its sails,
We see the blue heavens,
The heavens are resplendent with stars
Radiantly shimmering.

What painter will put on his canvas,
O god! their clear twinkling,
These furnaces of diamonds
What do you reveal to our delighted eyes,
Heavens resplendent with stars?


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This text was added to the website: 2019-09-02
Line count: 13
Word count: 64