by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

That I did always love
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
That I did always love,
I bring thee proof:
That till I loved
I did not love enough.

That I shall love alway,
I offer thee
That love is life,
And life hath immortality.

This, dost thou doubt, sweet?
Then have I
Nothing to show
But Calvary.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Que j'ai toujours aimé", copyright © 2018, (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: 12
Word count: 47

Que j'ai toujours aimé
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Que j'ai toujours aimé,
Je t'en apporte la Preuve
Que jusqu'à ce que j'aime
Je n'ai jamais vécu — c'est Assez —

Que j'aimerai toujours —
Je t'en persuade
Que l'amour est la vie —
Et que la vie a l'Immortalité —

Ceci — si tu en doutes — Chéri —
Alors je n'ai
Rien à montrer
Si ce n'est mon Calvaire —


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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-14
Line count: 12
Word count: 63