by Wilfred Owen (1893 - 1918)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Winter song
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
The browns, the olives, and the yellows died,
And were swept up to heaven; where they glowed
Each dawn and set of sun till Christmastide,
And when the land lay pale for them, pale-snowed,
Fell back, and down the snow-drifts flamed and flowed.

From off your face, into the winds of winter,
The sun-brown and the summer-gold are blowing;
But they shall gleam with spiritual glinter,
When paler beauty on your brows falls snowing,
And through those snows my looks shall be soft-going.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant d'hiver", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Chant d'hiver
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Les bruns, les olives et les jaunes moururent,
Et furent emportés jusqu'au ciel ; où ils brillaient
Chaque aube et coucher de soleil jusqu'à Noël,
Et quand la terre s'étendit pâle pour eux, pâle de neige,
Retombèrent, et sur les tas de neige flambaient et coulaient.

De ton visage, dans les vents de l'hiver,
Le brun du soleil et l'or de l'été soufflent ;
Mais ils brilleront d'un éclat spirituel,
Quand la beauté plus pâle sur tes sourcils tombera en neige
Et à travers ces neiges mes regards seront doux.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-11-14
Line count: 10
Word count: 90