by Paul Bourget (1852 - 1935)
Translation © by Korin Kormick

L'âme évaporée et souffrante
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
L'âme évaporée et souffrante,
L'âme douce, l'âme odorante
Des lys divins que j'ai cueillis
Dans le jardin de ta pensée,
Où donc les vents l'ont-ils chassée,
Cette âme adorable des lys?

N'est-il plus un parfum qui reste
De la suavité céleste
Des jours où tu m'enveloppais
D'une vapeur surnaturelle,
Faite d'espoir, d'amour fidèle,
De béatitude et de paix?...

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

  • ENG English (Korin Kormick) , "Romance", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Romanze", copyright © 2006, (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: 58

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The vanishing and suffering soul,
The sweet soul, the fragrant soul
Of divine lilies that I have picked
In the garden of your thoughts,
Where, then, have the winds chased it,
This charming soul of the lilies?
Is there no longer a perfume that remains
Of the celestial sweetness
Of the days when you enveloped me
In a supernatural haze,
Made of hope, of faithful love,
Of bliss and of peace?


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 71