by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Peter Low

Ô la rivière dans la rue !
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ô la rivière dans la rue !
Fantastiquement apparue
Derrière un mur haut de cinq pieds,
Elle roule sans un murmure
Son onde opaque et pourtant pure,
Par les faubourgs pacifiés.

La chaussée est très large, en sorte
Que l'eau jaune comme une morte
Dévale ample et sans nuls espoirs
De rien refléter que la brume,
Même alors que l'aurore allume
Les cottages jaunes et noirs.

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Oh the river in the street!
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Oh the river in the street!
A fantastic apparition
behind a five-foot wall,
and without a murmur it moves
its water, opaque yet pure,
through the peaceful suburbs.
The road is very wide, so that
the water, yellow like a dead woman,
flows down full but with no hopes
of reflecting anything but mist,
even when the dawn lights up
the yellow and black cottages.

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This text was added to the website: 2021-03-11
Line count: 12
Word count: 65