by James Joyce (1882 - 1941)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

From dewy dreams, my soul, arise
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT FRE
From dewy dreams, my soul, arise,
    From love's deep slumber and from death, 
For lo! the treees are full of sighs
    Whose leaves the morn admonisheth.

Eastward the gradual dawn prevails
    Where softly-burning fires appear, 
Making to tremble all those veils
    Of grey and golden gossamer.

While sweetly, gently, secretly,
    The flowery bells of morn are stirred 
And the wise choirs of faery
    Begin (innumerous!) to be heard.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Nicolaas (Koos) Jaspers) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-01-24
Line count: 12
Word count: 68

Des rêves de rosée, mon âme, arrache‑toi
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Des rêves de rosée, mon âme, arrache-toi
Du profond sommeil de l'amour et de la mort,
Car regardez ! les arbres sont remplis de soupirs,
Eux dont le matin admoneste les feuilles.

Vers l'est progressivement l'aube l'emporte
Où apparaissent des feux qui brûlent doucement,
Faisant trembler toutes ces gazes
De fils gris et dorés.

Tandis que doucement, tendrement, secrètement,
Les cloches fleuries du matin sont agitées
Et que les chœurs savants de la féerie,
Commencent (innombrables !) à se faire entendre.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-04
Line count: 12
Word count: 81