by William Sharp (1855 - 1905)
Translation © by Tim Palmer

The Isle of Lost Dreams
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
There is an Isle beyond our ken,
Haunted by Dreams of weary men.
Gray Hopes enshadow it with wings
Weary with burdens of old things:
There the insatiate water-springs 
Rise with the tears of all who weep:
And deep within it, -- deep, oh, deep! -- 
The furtive voice of Sorrow sings.
  There evermore,
      Till Time be o'er,
Sad, oh, so sad! the Dreams of men
Drift through the Isle beyond our ken.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Tim Palmer) , title 1: "L’île de rêves perdus", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-17
Line count: 12
Word count: 71

L’île de rêves perdus
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Il y a une île que nous connaissons pas
hantée par des rêves d’hommes las.
Des espoirs gris l’ombragent avec des ailes
lasses avec des fardeaux de vielles choses.
Là, les sources d’eau insatiables
remontent avec les larmes de ceux qui pleurent :
et là-dedans – profound, tellement profond
la voix du chagrin chante.
Là à tout jamais 
                 jusqu’à la fin du temps
triste, ô tellement triste, les rêves d’hommes
dérivent à travers l’île que nous connaissons pas.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-07-07
Line count: 12
Word count: 78