by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation © by Yen-Chiang Che

Comment, disaient‑ils
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CHI ENG ENG
Comment, disaient-ils,
Avec nos nacelles,
Fuir les alguazils ?
-- Ramez, disaient-elles.

Comment, disaient-ils,
Oublier querelles,
Misère et périls ?
-- Dormez, disaient-elles.

Comment, disaient-ils,
Enchanter les belles
Sans philtres subtils ?
-- Aimez, disaient-elles.

J. Bordier sets stanzas 1, 3, 2

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Confirmed with Oeuvres de Victor Hugo: Les rayons et les ombres, Volume 4, Paris, V. A. Houssiaux, ed., Hébert et Cie, 1875, pages 325-326.


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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "“怎麼辦?” 他們問", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "How then, asked he", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "How, asked the men", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , ""O how," murmured he"
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] ((Johann) Philipp Kaufmann)

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Line count: 12
Word count: 32

“怎麼辦?” 他們問
Language: Chinese (中文)  after the French (Français) 
“怎麼辦?” 他們問,
“用力滑!” 女孩們回答。

“怎麼辦?” 他們問,
“睡吧!” 女孩們回答。

“怎麼辦?” 他們問,
“愛!” 女孩們回答。


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This text was added to the website: 2009-06-11
Line count: 12
Word count: 18