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

L'allée est sans fin
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
L'allée est sans fin
Sous le ciel, divin
D'être pâle ainsi :
Sais-tu qu'on serait
Bien sous le secret
De ces arbres-ci ?

Des messieurs bien mis,
Sans nul doute amis
Des Royers-Collards :
Vont vers le château.
J'estimerais beau
D'être ces vieillards.

Le château, tout blanc
Avec, à son flanc,
Le soleil couché,
Les champs à l'entour...
Oh ! que notre amour
N'est-il là niché !

R. Hahn sets stanzas 1, 3

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Line count: 18
Word count: 67

The avenue is endless
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The avenue is endless
under the sky, divine
by being pale like this:
it would feel really good,
you know, to be under the secret
of these trees.
Some well-dressed gentlemen,
undoubtedly friends
of the Royer-Collards,
are heading towards the château:
I would deem it splendid
if we were those old men.
There's the château, all white
with the sunset glow
on its flank,
and fields all around:
oh, if only our love
had its nest there!

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This text was added to the website: 2021-03-12
Line count: 18
Word count: 77