by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Corinne Orde

Promenade sentimentale
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Le couchant dardait ses rayons suprêmes
Et le vent berçait les nénuphars blêmes.
Les grands nénuphars entre les roseaux
Tristement luisaient sur les calmes eaux.

Moi j'errais tout seul promenant ma plaie
Le long de l'étang, parmi la saulaie
Où la brume vague évoquait un grand
Fantôme laiteux, et désespérant,

Et pleurant avec la voix des sarcelles
Qui se rappelaient en battant des ailes
Parmi la saulaie où j'errais tout seul
Promenant ma plaie; et l'épais linceul

Des ténèbres vint noyer les suprêmes
Rayons du couchant en ses ondes blêmes
Et des nénuphars parmi les roseaux,
Des grands nénuphars sur les calmes eaux.


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  • ENG English (Corinne Orde) , "Sentimental stroll", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 16
Word count: 103

Sentimental stroll
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The setting sun beamed its last rays
And the wind rocked the pale water-lilies.
The large water-lilies among the reeds
Sadly glistened on the calm waters.

Me, I wandered alone, taking my wound with me
Along the lake, among the willows
Where the vague mist conjured up
A great milky ghost, and despairing,

And tearfully crying with the voice of the teals
That called one another while beating their wings
Among the willows where I wandered alone,
Taking my wound with me; and the thick shroud

Of darkness drowned the last
Rays of the setting sun in the blanched waves
And the water-lilies among the reeds,
The large water-lilies on the calm waters.


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Line count: 16
Word count: 113