by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Yen-Chiang Che

Le ciel est, par‑dessus le toit
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CHI ENG ITA SPA
Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit,
  Si bleu, si calme !
Un arbre, par-dessus le toit,
  Berce sa palme.

La cloche, dans le ciel qu'on voit,
  Doucement tinte.
Un oiseau sur l'arbre qu'on voit
  Chante sa plainte.

Mon Dieu, mon Dieu, la vie est là
  Simple et tranquille.
Cette paisible rumeur-là
  Vient de la ville.

Qu'as-tu fait, ô toi que voilà
  Pleurant sans cesse,
Dis, qu'as-tu fait, toi que voilà,
  De ta jeunesse ?

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "監禁", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Píseň"
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 2016
  • ENG English (Ernest Dowson) , no title, appears in Decorations, in After Paul Verlaine, no. 4
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il cielo, lassù oltre il tetto", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , "Desde la prisión", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

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監禁
Language: Chinese (中文)  after the French (Français) 
在屋頂上的天空
這樣地蔚藍  這樣地恬靜
在屋頂上的樹
搖晃著它的枝葉

鐘  在我正在看的空中
柔和地敲響著
在樹上的鳥
唱著它的哀歌

我的神啊!我的神!那裏才是真的生活
單純又平靜
那平和的喧鬧聲
自城的那頭傳來

你做了什麼  哦
不停哭泣的你?
告訴我  你到底做了什麼
當你年輕時?

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  • Translation from French (Français) to Chinese (中文) copyright © 2009 by Yen-Chiang Che, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2009-07-15 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-08-12 10:45:50
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Word count: 20