by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Charles Hopkins (1952 - 2007)

À la promenade
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ITA
Le ciel si pâle et les arbres si grêles 
Semblent sourire à nos costumes clairs 
Qui vont flottant [légers]1, avec des airs 
De nonchalance et des mouvements d'ailes. 

Et le vent doux ride l'humble bassin. 
Et la lueur du soleil qu'atténue 
L'ombre des bas tilleuls de l'avenue 
Nous parvient bleue et mourante à dessein. 

Trompeurs exquis et coquettes charmantes, 
Coeurs tendres, mais affranchis du serment. 
Nous devisons délicieusement, 
Et les amants lutinent les amantes, 

De qui la main imperceptible sait 
Parfois donner un soufflet, qu'on échange 
Contre un baiser sur l'extrême phalange 
Du petit doigt, et comme, la chose est 

Immensément excessive et farouche, 
On est puni par un regard très sec. 
Lequel contraste, au demeurant, avec 
La moue assez clémente de la bouche.

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1 omitted by K. Sorabji

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG ITA ; composed by Artur Immisch.

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

  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "Strolling", written 2002, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "À la promenade", written c2005, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La passeggiata", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2019-08-12 08:37:37
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À la promenade
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The sky so pale and the trees so gaunt
Seem to smile at our bright costumes
Which float weightlessly,
Like wings fluttering with a nonchalant air.

And the gentle breeze ruffles the surface of the lowly lake,
And the glimmer of sunlight
That softens the shadows beneath the linden trees on the avenue
Reaches us blue and deliberately fading.

Stylish deceivers and charming coquettes,
Tender hearts, but unburdened by honour,
We converse exquisitely
And lovers caress their beloved,

Whose imperceptible hand knows
Sometimes to deliver a slap, to be exchanged
For a kiss on the furthest tip
Of the little finger, and as the matter is

Hugely exaggerated in its intensity,
One is punished with a dismissive glance,
In contrast, incidentally,
With the gentlest pout of the lips.

Confirmed with an original Microsoft Word Document provided by Alistair Hinton.


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Researcher for this text: Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2018-08-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-08-11 22:45:29
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Word count: 128