by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Heures ternes
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Voici d’anciens désirs qui passent,
Encor des songes de lassés,
Encor des rêves qui se lassent ;
Voilà les jours d’espoir passés !

En qui faut-il fuir aujourd’hui !
Il n’y a plus d’étoile aucune :
Mais de la glace sur l’ennui
Et des linges bleus sous la lune.

Encor des sanglots pris au piège !
Voyez les malades sans feu,
Et les agneaux brouter la neige ;
Ayez pitié de tout, mon Dieu !

Moi, j’attends un peu de réveil,
Moi, j’attends que le sommeil passe,
Moi, j’attends un peu de soleil
Sur mes mains que la lune glace. 


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Dull hours", copyright © 2020

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This text was added to the website: 2019-04-22
Line count: 16
Word count: 100

Dull hours
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Here are old desires that fade,
More dreams of the weary,
More dreams that bore us;
Those hopeful days are gone!

To where can we flee on such a day?
There are no more stars:
Only ennui beneath a crust of ice
And beneath the moon, sheets of blue.

More sobs trapped!
Look at the ill without fire,
And the lambs grazing on snow;
Have pity on us all, my God!

As for me, I wait for the awakening call; 
I wait for sleep to pass,
I wait for a little sunlight
To fall on my hands frozen by the moon.


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This text was added to the website: 2020-07-07
Line count: 16
Word count: 101