by Francis Jammes (1868 - 1938)
Translation © by Faith J. Cormier

Elle était descendue au bas de la...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG SPA
Elle était descendue au bas de la prairie,
et, comme la prairie était toute fleurie
de plantes dont la tige aime à pousser dans l'eau,
ces plantes inondées je les avais cueillies.
Bientôt, s'étant mouillée, elle gagna le haut
de cette prairie-là qui était toute fleurie.
Elle riait et s'ébrouait avec la grâce
dégingandée qu'ont les jeunes filles trop grandes.
Elle avait le regard qu'ont les fleurs de lavande.

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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "She had gone down to the bottom of the meadow", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 9
Word count: 69

She had gone down to the bottom of the meadow
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
She had gone down to the bottom of the meadow, 
and because the meadow was full of flowers 
that like to grow in the water, 
I had gathered the drowned plants. 
Soon, because she was wet, she came back to the top 
of that flowery meadow. 
She laughed and moved with the lanky grace 
of girls who are too tall. 
She looked the way lavender flowers do.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-27
Line count: 9
Word count: 67