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by Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (1786 - 1859)
Translation © by Peter Low

J'ai voulu ce matin te rapporter des...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
J'ai voulu ce matin te rapporter des roses ;
Mais j'en avais tant pris dans mes ceintures closes,
Que les nœuds trop serrés n'ont pu les contenir.

Les nœuds ont éclaté : les roses envolées,
Dans le vent, à la mer s'en sont toutes allées :
Elles ont suivi l'eau pour ne plus revenir.

La vague en a paru rouge et comme enflammée :
Ce soir, [ma]1 robe encore en est tout embaumée.
[Respirez-en]2 sur moi l'odorant souvenir.

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1 Canal: "ta"
2 Canal, Covatti-Dussaut, Crickboom: "Respires-en"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2008-07-25
Line count: 9
Word count: 78

This morning I wanted to bring you some...
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
This morning I wanted to bring you some roses;
but I had gathered so many into my knotted sashes
that the knots were too strained and couldn't hold them.
They broke.  The roses flew out
in the wind, and they all fell into the sea.
They floated off with the water and never returned.
They made the waves appear red as if on fire.
This evening, my dress is still strongly perfumed...
Come smell it on me - breathe its fragrant memory.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Les roses de Saâdi" = "The Roses of Saadi"


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2021 by Peter Low, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2021-11-24
Line count: 9
Word count: 82