by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation © by Amy Pfrimmer

Roses et papillons, la tombe nous...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Roses et papillons, la tombe nous rassemble 
Tôt ou tard.
Pourquoi l'attendre, dis ? Veux-tu pas vivre ensemble 
Quelque part ?

Quelque part dans les airs, si c'est là que se berce 
Ton essor !
Aux champs, si c'est aux champs que ton calice verse 
Son trésor !

Où tu voudras ! qu'importe ! oui, que tu sois haleine 
Ou couleur,
Papillon rayonnant, corolle à demi pleine, 
Aile ou fleur !

Vivre ensemble, d'abord ! c'est le bien nécessaire 
Et réel !
Après on peut choisir au hasard, ou la terre 
Ou le ciel !

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Line count: 16
Word count: 95

Roses and butterflies, the grave gathers...
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Roses and butterflies, the grave gathers us 
sooner or later. 
Why wait, you say? Do not you want to live together 

Somewhere in the air, if it is there your growth 
is cradled!
In the fields, if it is into the fields that your chalice pours 
its treasure!

Wherever you like! What does it matter? Yes, that you are breath 
or color, 
radiant butterfly, corolla half opened, 
wing or flower!

Live together, first! This is good 
and necessary!
Afterwards one can choose at random, on the earth 
or heaven!

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Translations of title(s):
"Roses et papillons" = "Roses and Butterflies"
"Envoi à ***" = " "


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This text was added to the website: 2019-07-04
Line count: 16
Word count: 90