by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Laura (Pranada) Sylvis

La dure épreuve va finir
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
La dure épreuve va finir.
Mon coeur, souris à l'avenir!

Ils sont finis, les jours d'alarmes,
Où j'étais triste jusqu'aux larmes!

J'ai tu les paroles amères,
Et banni les sombres chimères!

Mes yeux, exilés de la voir,
De par un douloureux devoir,

Mon oreille, avide d'entendre
Les notes d'or de sa voix tendre,

Tout mon être et tout mon amour
Acclament le bienheureux jour,

Où, seul rêve et seule pensée,
Me reviendra la fiancée!

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  • ENG English (Laura (Pranada) Sylvis) , "The good song", copyright © 2005, (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: 14
Word count: 74

The good song
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The hard test will end.
My heart, smile at what is to come!

They are finished, the days of alarms,
when I was sad to the point of tears!

I have killed the bitter words,
and banished the dark fantasies!

My eyes, exiled from the sight of her
by a painful duty,

My ear, avid to hear
the golden notes of her tender voice,

all my being and all my love
hail the happy day

when, my only dream and my only thought,
my fiancée will return to me!


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This text was added to the website: 2005-01-20
Line count: 14
Word count: 89