by Philippe Quinault (1635 - 1688)
Translation © by Brian Charles Witkowski

Bois épais
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Bois épais, redouble ton ombre;
Tu ne saurais être assez sombre,
Tu ne peux pas trop cacher
Mon malheureux amour.

Je sens un désespoir
Dont l'horreur est extrême,
Je ne dois pas plus voir ce que j'aime,
Je ne veux plus souffrir le jour.


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  • ENG English (Brian Charles Witkowski) , "Deep woods", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Brian Charles Witkowski , Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2004-04-02
Line count: 8
Word count: 44

Deep woods
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Deep woods, increase your shade;
You could not be dark enough,
You could not conceal too well
My unhappy love.

I feel a despair
Whose horror is extreme,
I am to see no longer what I love,
I want no longer to bear the light of day.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-04-02
Line count: 8
Word count: 47