by William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

I wander thro' each charter'd street
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Near where the charter'd Thames does flow
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every Man,
In every Infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forg'd manacles I hear.

How the Chimney-sweeper's cry
Every black'ning Church appalls,
And the hapless Soldier's sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls.

But most thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlot's curse
Blasts the new-born Infant's tear
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Londres", copyright © 2009, (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: 16
Word count: 92

Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Je parcours chaque rue certifiée
Près de l'endroit où la Tamise certifiée coule
Et marque sur chaque visage que je rencontre
Des marques de faiblesse, des marques de malheur.

Dans chaque cri de chaque homme,
Dans chaque cri de peur de chaque enfant,
Dans chaque voix, dans chaque interdit,
J'entends les menottes forgées par l'esprit.

Comme le cri du ramoneur de cheminée
Épouvante chaque église crasseuse
Et le soupir du soldat infortuné
Court en sang sur les murs du palais.

Mais dans beaucoup de rues à minuit j'entends
Comment la malédiction de la jeune prostituée
Foudroie la larme de l'enfant nouveau-né
Et saccage avec des tourments le corbillard du mariage.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-06-26
Line count: 16
Word count: 110