by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

O, curlew, cry no more in the air
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE ITA
O, curlew, cry no more in the air, 
Or only to the waters in the West; 
Because your crying brings to my mind 
Passion-dimmed eyes and long heavy hair 
That was shaken out over my breast: 
There is enough evil in the crying of wind.

About the headline (FAQ)

First published in Savoy, November 1896, as one of Windlestraws, revised 1899 and 1906


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "O chiurlo, più non gridare all'aria", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 45

Ô courlis, ne crie plus dans l'air
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Ô courlis, ne crie plus dans l'air,
Ou seulement aux eaux de l'ouest ;
Car ton cri me rappelle
Des yeux voilés par la passion et une lourde et longue chevelure
Qui déferlait sur ma poitrine :
Il y a assez de maux dans les cris du vent.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"The curlew" = "Le courlis"
"O'Sullivan Rua to the Curlew" = "O'Sullivan Rua s'adresse au courlis"
"He reproves the curlew" = "Il blâme le courlis"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-26
Line count: 6
Word count: 48