by Paul Collin (1845 - 1915)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG
Le soleil rayonnait encore.
J'ai voulu revoir les grands bois,
Où nous promenions autrefois
Notre amour à sa belle aurore.

Je mi disais: "Sur le chemin,
Je la retrouverai, sans doute:
Ma main se tendra vers sa main,
Et nous nous remettrons en route."

Je regarde partout.
En vain! J'appelle!
Et Vécho seul m'écoute!

O le pauvre soleil pâli!
O les pauvres bois sans ramage!
O, mon pauvre amour, quel dommage! 
Si vite perdu dans l'oubli!


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Decepció", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Disappointment", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bruno Tutenberg) , "Enttäuschung"

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2003-12-06
Line count: 15
Word count: 76

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The sun was still shining.
I wanted to see again the deep woods,
Where we promenaded once upon a time
Our love at its beautiful dawn.

I said to myself: “On the way,
I’ll find her, without doubt:
My hand will hold hers,
And we’ll get back on track.” 

I look everywhere.
In vain! I call out!
And Echo is the only one who hears me!

Oh, poor pale sun!
Oh the poor woods with no birdsong!
Oh, my poor love, how sad! 
So quickly lost to oblivion!


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This text was added to the website: 2018-12-23
Line count: 15
Word count: 88