by Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki (1880 - 1918), as Guillaume Apollinaire
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Que lentement passent heures
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Que lentement passent heures 
Comme passe un enterrement

Tu pleureras l'heure où tu pleures 
Qui passera trop vitement
Comme passent toutes les heures.

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How slowly pass the hours
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
How slowly pass the hours
As passes a burial

You will mourn the hour when you weep
Which will pass too quickly
As pass all hours.

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Translations of title(s):
"Les heures" = "How slowly pass the hours"
"Que lentement passent les heures" = "The hours"
"À la Santé n°5" = "In La Santé Prison, no. 5"
"À la " = "In La Santé Prison"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-03-28
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Word count: 26