by Edmond Haraucourt (1856 - 1941)
Translation © by Lucy Fitz Gibbon

Elle est venue, elle a souri, la...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Elle est venue, elle a souri, la bien-aimée :
Elle a dit : « Que c’est mal ! » et m’a longtemps souri :
Son geste embaumait l’air comme un jardin fleuri,
Et la chambre s’en est lentement parfumée,
Et j’ai cru que la terre était montée aux cieux…
O bien-aimée ! Et puis, elle a fermé les yeux,
Comme d’autres, hélas, hélas, la bien-aimée.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Edmond Haraucourt, Seul, Paris, Bibliothèque-Charpentier, 1891, page 233.


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She came, she smiled, my beloved
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
She came, she smiled, my beloved.
She said, “How bad it is!” and smiled at me for a long time.
Her movement perfumed the air like a flowering garden,
And the room slowly became fragrant,
And I believed the earth was lifted to the heavens!
Oh, beloved! And then she closed her eyes,
Like the others, alas, alas, my beloved.

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Translation of titles
"Elle est venue" = "She came"
"La bien-aimée" = "The beloved"


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