Translation © by Faith J. Cormier

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Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ô monde ! ô vie ! Ô temps !
Fantômes, ombres vaines,
Qui lassez à la fin mes pas irrésolus,
Quand reviendront ces jours,
Où vos mains étaient pleines,
Vos regards caressants,
Vos promesses certaines ?
Jamais, ô jamais plus !
Ô jamais plus !

L'éclat du jour s'éteint
Aux pleurs où je me noie ;
Les charmes de la nuit
Passent inaperçus,
Nuit, jour, printemps, hiver,
Est-il rien que je voie ?
Mon cœur peut battre encor
De peine, mais de joie,
Jamais ô jamais plus !
Ô jamais plus !

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 19
Word count: 92

Lament
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 Oh, world! Oh, life! Oh, time!
 Ghosts, vain shadows,
 who leave my steps irresolute,
 when will the days return
 when your hands were full,
 your glances caressed me,
 your promises were sure?
 Never, never again!
 Oh, never again!

 Day's brilliance fades 
 in the tears that drown me. 
 The night's charms
 pass unseen. 
 Night, day, spring, winter,
 do I see anything at all?
 My heart can still beat 
 with pain, but as for joy,
 never, never again! 
 Oh, never again!

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  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2003 by Faith J. Cormier, (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 between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 19
Word count: 80