by Ioannes Papadiamantopoulos (1856 - 1910), as Jean Moréas
Translation © by Peter Low

Sauvons‑nous du souci d'un jour!
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Sauvons-nous du souci d'un jour!
Théone, cédons à l'amour,
Cédons à Vénus Cyprienne
Que le myrte à la verveine tors
(D'autres diront la vie est ses torts!)
Peinture tes chevuex que l'écaille hausse.
Je dirai la vipère au bandeau 
Des femmes de la Thrace, et l'eau 
Sacrée de la fontaine Tilfosse.
Fais ton corps docile au coussin,
Ceinturée de perles indiques.
Je dirai, comme au doux essaim
Des Favones rouvrent leur sein,
Les gracieuses heures véridiques.

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  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "Theona", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 14
Word count: 76

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Let us escape from this day's worries!
Theona, let us yield to love,
let us yield to Venus the Cyprian.
May myrtle twisted with verbena
(others will speak of life and its wrongs)
adorn your hair lifted by the tortoiseshell comb.
I will speak of the vipers on the headbands
of the women of Thrace, and the sacred
waters of the springs of Tilfossa.
Fit your body to the cushions' curves,
wear Indian pearls round your waist.
And as the Favonae open again
to the gentle bees, I will speak
of the hours that are gracious and authentic.


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This text was added to the website: 2006-02-21
Line count: 14
Word count: 98