by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949)
Translation by Bernard Miall (1876 - 1953)

Reflets
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Sous l'eau du songe qui s'élève 
Mon âme a peur, mon âme a peur. 
Et la lune luit dans mon cœur
Plongé dans les sources du rêve !

Sous l'ennui morne des roseaux.
Seul [les reflets profonds]1 des choses,
Des lys, des palmes et des roses
Pleurent encore au fond des eaux.

Les fleurs s'effeuillent une à une
Sur le reflet du firmament.
Pour descendre, éternellement
[Dans]2 l'eau du songe et dans la lune.

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First published in the revue La Pléiade, June 1886, and later in Serres Chaudes, 1889.

1 Boulanger: "le reflet profond"
2 Boulanger: "Sous"

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  • ENG English (Bernard Miall) , first published 1915
  • ENG English (Korin Kormick) , "Reflections", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Franziska Heinzen) , "Widerspiegelungen", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Under the brimming tide of dreams
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Under the brimming tide of dreams,
O, my soul is full of fear!
In my heart the moon is clear;
Deep it lies in the tide of dreams.

Under the listless reeds asleep,
Only the deep reflection shows
Of palm, of lily, of rose,
Weeping yet in the waters deep.

And the flowers, late and soon,
Fall upon the mirrored sky,
To sink and sink eternally
Thro’ dreamy waters and the moon.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-07-21
Line count: 12
Word count: 72