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

Par ce que j'ai souffert, ma mésange...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Par ce que j'ai souffert, ma mésange bénie,
je sais ce qu'a souffert l'autre : car j'étais deux...
Je sais vos longs réveils au milieu de la nuit
et l'angoisse de moi qui vous gonfle le sein.
On dirait par moments qu'une tête chérie,
confiante et pure, ô vous qui êtes la sœur des lins
en fleurs et qui parfois fixez le ciel comme eux,
on dirait qu'une tête inclinée dans la nuit
pèse de tout son poids, à jamais, sur ma vie.

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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "Because I have suffered", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Because I have suffered
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Because I have suffered, blessed titmouse,
I know what the other has suffered, for I was two... 
I know how long you lay awake at night 
and how anguish for me swelled your bosom. 
Sometimes one would say that a dear head,
trusting and pure, you who are sister of the blooming flax 
and who sometimes stare at the sky as they do, 
one would say that a head bent in the night
weighs heavily on my life forever.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-27
Line count: 9
Word count: 79