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

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Sous l'eau du songe qui s'élève 
Mon âme a peur, mon âme a peur. 
Et la lune luit dans mon cœur
Plongé dans les sources du rêve !

Sous l'ennui morne des roseaux.
Seul [les reflets profonds]1 des choses,
Des lys, des palmes et des roses
Pleurent encore au fond des eaux.

Les fleurs s'effeuillent une à une
Sur le reflet du firmament.
Pour descendre, éternellement
[Dans]2 l'eau du songe et dans la lune.

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First published in the revue La Pléiade, June 1886, and later in Serres Chaudes, 1889.

1 Boulanger: "le reflet profond"
2 Boulanger: "Sous"


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  • ENG English (Bernard Miall) , first published 1915
  • ENG English (Korin Kormick) , "Reflections", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Franziska Heinzen) , "Widerspiegelungen", 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: 12
Word count: 74

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Under the rising water of the dream,
My soul is afraid, my soul is afraid.
And the moon shines in my heart
Plunged into the well-springs of the dream!

Under the mournful boredom of the reeds,
Only the profound reflection[s] of things,
Of lilies, of palms, and of roses,
Still weep at the bottom of the waters.

The flowers drop their petals one by one
On the reflection of the sky
In order to sink eternally
Under the water of the dream and into the moon.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-10-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 86