by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Faith J. Cormier

Une Sainte en son auréole
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
Une Sainte en son auréole,
Une Châtelaine en sa tour,
Tout ce que contient la parole
Humaine de grâce et d'amour.

La note d'or que fait entendre
[Un cor dans le lointain des bois]1 des bois,
Mariée à la fierté tendre
Des nobles Dames d'autrefois;

Avec cela le charme insigne
D'un frais sourire triomphant
Éclos [de]2 candeurs de cygne
Et des rougeurs de femme-enfant;

Des aspects nacrés, blancs et roses,
Un doux accord patricien:
Je vois, j'entends toutes ces choses
Dans son nom Carlovingien.

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1 Fauré: "Le cor dans les lointains"
2 Fauré: "dans les"
Note: Verlaine's young fiancee was named Mathilde, a name of Germanic origin. The Germanic dynasty known as the Carolingian included Charlemagne, and is closely associated with a great artistic flowering.
Note provided by Shawn Thuris


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  • ENG English (Shawn Thuris) , "A saint enhaloed", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "A saint enhaloed", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Didier Pelat

This text was added to the website: 2003-10-20
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A saint enhaloed
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
A saint enhaloed,
Milady in the castle tower,
all that human words can express
of grace and love;

The golden note
of a horn blown far off in the woods,
wedded to the tender pride
of noble ladies of olden days;

With that the signal charm
of a fresh, triumphant smile
born of a swan's whiteness
and a woman-child's blush;

White and rose aspects of mother-of-pearl,
sweet patrician accord.
All this I see and hear
in your Carolingian name.


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