by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Laura L. Nagle

J'allais par les chemins perfides
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
J'allais par les chemins perfides,
Douloureusement incertain.
Vos chères mains furent mes guides.

Si pâle à l'horizon lointain
Luisait un faible espoir d'aurore ;
Votre regard fut le matin.

Nul bruit, sinon son pas sonore,
N'encourageait le voyageur.
Votre voix me dit: "Marche encore!"

Mon coeur craintif, mon sombre coeur
Pleurait, seul, sur la triste voie ;
L'amour, délicieux vainqueur,
Nous a réunis dans la joie.

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Line count: 13
Word count: 66

I was walking along treacherous paths
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
I was walking along treacherous paths,
Painfully uncertain.
Your dear hands were my guides.

So pale on the distant horizon
Shone a faint hope of dawn;
Your eyes were the morning.

No sound other than his ringing footstep
Encouraged the voyager.
Your voice said to me: "Walk on!"

My timid heart, my somber heart,
Cried, alone, on the dreary road;
Love, delightful conqueror,
United us in joy.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-01-29
Line count: 13
Word count: 67