by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation © by Sergey Rybin

Dieu qui sourit et qui donne
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Dieu qui sourit et qui donne 
Et qui vient vers qui l'attend,
Pourvu que vous soyez bonne,
Sera content.

Le monde où tout étincelle,
Mais où rien n'est enflammé,
Pourvu que vous soyez belle,
Sera charmé.

Mon coeur, dans l'ombre amoureuse
Où l'enivre deux beaux yeux,
Pourvu que tu sois heureuse,
Sera joyeux.

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Line count: 12
Word count: 53

God, who smiles and who rewards
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
God, who smiles and who rewards
And who comes to those who wait,
As long as you remain good,
Will remain content.

The world, where everything sparkles,
But nothing is inflamed,
As long as you are beautiful,
Will remain charming.

My heart, overshadowed by love,
Where two beautiful eyes intoxicate it,
As long as you are happy,
Will remain joyous.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-09-16
Line count: 12
Word count: 60