Translation © by Michael Berridge

Chanson de mer
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ton sourire infini m'est cher
Comme le divin pli des ondes,
Et je te crains quand tu me grondes,
           Comme la mer.

L'azur de tes grands yeux m'est cher :
C'est un lointain que je regarde
Sans cesse et sans y prendre garde,
           Un ciel de mer.

Ton courage léger m'est cher :
C'est un souffle vif où ma vie
S'emplit d'aise et se fortifie,
           L'air de la mer.

Enfin ton être entier m'est cher,
Toujours nouveau, toujours le même ;
O ma Néréide, je t'aime
           Comme la mer !


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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Píseň na moři"
  • ENG English (Michael Berridge) , "Sea song", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 90

Sea song
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Your infinite smile is dear to me
as the fold of the waves divine,
and I fear you when you rumble
  like the sea.

And the blue of your big eyes is dear to me: 
It is a distant goal at which I look
unceasingly and frankly, 
  a sea sky. 

Your effortless courage is dear to me: 
it is a keen breeze where my life
is refreshed and fortified, 
  the air of the sea.

In fact, your entire being is dear to me, 
ever new, ever the same; 
O my Nereid, I love you 
  as the sea!


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Text added to the website: 2020-01-11 00:00:00
Last modified: 2020-01-11 12:44:08
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Word count: 97