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

Les lilas qui avaient fleuri l'année...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG SPA
Les lilas qui avaient fleuri l'année dernière
vont fleurir de nouveau dans les tristes parterres.
Déjà le pêcher grêle a jonché le ciel bleu
de ses roses, comme un enfant la Fête-Dieu.
Mon cœur devrait mourir au milieu de ces choses,
car c'était au milieu des vergers blancs et roses
que j'avais espéré je ne sais quoi de vous.
Mon âme rêve sourdement sur vos genoux.
Ne la repoussez point. Ne la relevez pas
de peur qu'en s'éloignant de vous elle ne voie
combien vous êtes faible et troublée dans ses bras.

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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "The lilacs which bloomed", 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: 11
Word count: 92

The lilacs which bloomed
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The lilacs which bloomed last year 
will flower again in their sad beds.
Already the frail peach tree has bedecked the blue sky 
with its roses, like a child on the feast of Corpus Christi. 
My heart should die amid all these things, 
for it was among white and pink orchards 
that I had hoped for I don't know what from you. 
My soul sleeps soundly in your lap. 
Don't push it away. Don't awaken it, 
for fear that when it leaves 
it will see how you are weak and troubled in its arms.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-27
Line count: 11
Word count: 94