by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
Translation © by Sylvain Labartette

Whenever the moon and the stars are set
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Whenever the moon and the stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.

Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,

By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Sylvain Labartette) , "Nuit venteuse", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 83

Nuit venteuse
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Quand la lune et les étoiles sont présentes,
Quand le vent est fort,
Toute la nuit, dans l'obscurité et l'humidité
Un homme chevauche non loin.

Tard dans la nuit, quand les feux sont éteints
Pourquoi galope-t-il encor et encor?
Toujours quand les arbres gémissent
Et que les bateaux tanguent sur la mer,

Là, sur la grand'route, et bruyamment
Là, il chevauche au galop.
Là, il galope, et alors
Il revient au galop, encor.


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This text was added to the website: 2007-11-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 73