by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

À Clymène
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Mystiques barcarolles,
Romances sans paroles,
Chère, puisque tes yeux,
  Couleur des cieux,

Puisque ta voix, étrange
Vision qui dérange
Et trouble l'horizon
  De ma raison,

Puisque l'arôme insigne
De ta pâleur de cygne,
Et puisque la candeur
  De ton odeur,

Ah ! puisque tout ton être,
Musique qui pénètre,
Nimbes d'anges défunts,
  Tons et parfums,

A, sur d'almes cadences,
En ses correspondances
Induit mon cœur subtil,
  Ainsi soit-il !


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Clymène", copyright ©

Researcher for this text: Didier Pelat

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 69

To Clymène
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Mystic barcarolles,
Songs without words,
My darling, because your eyes,
The color of the heavens,

Because your voice, strange
Vision that upsets
And troubles the horizon
Of my reason.

Because the wonderful aroma
Of your cygnet-like pallor.
And because the distinctness
Of your fragrance.

Ah! Because your entire existence,
Like music that pervades all,
Nimbuses of former angels,
Tones and perfumes.

Has, in wondrous cadences,
Attracted into a connection
My subtle heart:
Let it be praised! Amen.


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 77