by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949)
Translation © by Korin Kormick

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Mon âme a joint ses mains étranges
À l'horizon de mes regards ;
Exaucez mes rêves épars
Entre les lèvres de vos anges!

En attendant sous mes yeux las,
Et sa bouche ouverte aux prières
Éteintes entre mes paupières
Et dont les lys n'éclosent pas ;

Elle apaise au fond de mes songes,
Ses seins effeuillés sous mes cils,
Et ses yeux clignent aux périls
Éveillés au fil des mensonges.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Korin Kormick) , title 1: "Expectation", copyright © 2004, (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: 12
Word count: 70

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
My soul has joined her foreign hands
At the horizon of my glances;
Grant my scattered dreams
Between the lips of your angels!
Waiting under my weary eyes,
And her mouth open in prayers
Extinguished between my eyelids
And of which the lilies do not bloom;
She satisfies at the bottom of my dreams,
Her breasts denuded under my eyelashes
And her eyes gazing half-open at the risks
Awakened by the thread of illusions.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-10-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 74