by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949)
Translation © by Sophie Huet

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Vous savez, Seigneur, ma misère ! 
Voyez ce que je vous apporte !
Des fleurs mauvaises de la terre,
Et du soleil sur une morte.

Voyez aussi ma lassitude,
La lune éteinte et l'aube noire ;
Et fécondez ma solitude
En l'arrosant de votre gloire.

Ouvrez-moi, Seigneur, votre voie,
Éclairez mon âme lasse,
Car la tristesse de ma joie
Semble de l'herbe sous la glace.


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  • ENG English (Sophie Huet) , "Prayer", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 12
Word count: 65

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Lord, you know my misery!
See what I bring you -- 
Evil flowers from the earth
And the sun on a woman's corpse... 

See also my torpor,
The missing moon and black dawn;
Bring my solitude to life
By watering it with Your glory. 

Lord, show me the way,
Shine upon my weak soul
For the sadness of my joy seems
But grass beneath the ice.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-04-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 65