by Ioannes Papadiamantopoulos (1856 - 1910), as Jean Moréas
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Quand reviendra l'automne avec ses...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Quand reviendra l'automne avec ses feuilles mortes
Qui couvriront l'étang du moulin ruiné,
Quand le vent remplira le trou béant des portes
Et l'inutile espace où la meule a tourné,

Je reviendrai m'asseoir alors sur cette borne
Contre le mur, tissé d'un vieux lierre vermeil,
Et regarder longtemps, dans l'eau glacée et morne.
S'éteindre mon image et le pâle soleil.

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When the autumn returns with its dead...
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
When the autumn returns with its dead leaves
Which will cover the pond of the ruined mill,
When the wind will fill the gaping hole of the doors
And the useless space where the millstone turned,

I will return to sit then on this milestone
Against the wall, woven with old vermilion ivy,
And watching for a long time in the water, icy and bleak,
My image and the pale sun die.

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Translations of title(s):
"Automne" = "Autumn"
"Quand reviendra l'automne" = "When the autumn returns"
"Quand reviendra l'automne avec ses feuilles mortes" = "When the autumn returns with its dead leaves"
"Vers l'automne" = "Toward autumn"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-02-19
Line count: 8
Word count: 72