by Lucile de Chateaubriand (1764 - 1804)
Translation © by John Wagstaff

À la lune
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Chaste déesse ! Déesse si pure, 
que jamais même les roses de la pudeur 
ne se mêlent à tes tendres clartés,
J'ose te prendre pour confidente de mes sentiments.
Je n'ai point, non plus que toi, 
à rougir de mon propre cœur.
Mais quelque fois le souvenir 
du jugement injuste et aveugle des hommes
Couvre mon front de nuages, ainsi que le tien.
Comme toi, les erreurs et les misères 
de ce monde inspirent mes rêveries.
Mais plus heureuse que moi, citoyenne des cieux,
tu conserves toujours la sérénité ;
Les tempêtes et les orages qui s'élèvent de notre globe
glissent sur ton disque paisible.
Déesse aimable à ma tristesse, 
verse ton froid repos dans mon âme.


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  • ENG English (John Wagstaff) , "To the moon", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-07-01
Line count: 17
Word count: 117

To the moon
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Chaste goddess! Goddess so pure,
That even the pink hues of shame 
may never sully your soft light.
I dare to make you the confidante of my feelings.
Like you, I have no reason to blush 
for anything in my own heart;
But, like yours, my face is sometimes 
covered with clouds at the memory 
of humanity's unfair and blind judgment.
Like you, the errors and miseries 
of this world influence my dreams.
But, citizen of the heavens, you are happier than I,
For you always retain your serenity:
The storms and tempests that rise up from our world 
glide over your quiet surface.
Goddess, you who look kindly upon my sadness,
Pour your cold tranquility into my soul.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-09-22
Line count: 17
Word count: 119