by Jean Richepin (1849 - 1926)
Translation © by Corinne Orde

Où vivre ? Dans quelle ombre
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA
Où vivre ? Dans quelle ombre
Étouffer mon ennui ?
Ma tristesse est plus sombre
  Que la nuit.

Où mourir ? Sous quelle onde
Noyer mon deuil amer ?
Ma peine est plus profonde
  Que la mer.

Où fuir ? De quelle sorte
Égorger mon remord ?
Ma douleur est plus forte
  Que la mort.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Les caresses, Nouvelle Édition, Paris, G. Charpentier, [no date], page 249.


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  • ENG English (Corinne Orde) , "Anguish", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Francesco Campanella) , "Angoscia", copyright © 2013, (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: 55

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Where live? In what shadow
Stifle my boredom?
My sadness is darker
Than the night.

Where die? Under what wave
Drown my bitter mourning?
My sorrow is deeper
Than the sea.

Where flee? In what manner
Slaughter my remorse?
My pain is stronger
Than death.


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This text was added to the website: 2007-11-23
Line count: 12
Word count: 45