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

What counsel has the hooded moon
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
What counsel has the hooded moon
    Put in thy heart, my shyly sweet, 
Of Love in ancient plenilune,
    Glory and stars beneath his feet -- - 
A sage that is but kith and kin
    With the comedian Capuchin?

Believe me rather that am wise
    In disregard of the divine, 
A glory kindles in those eyes
    Trembles to starlight. Mine, O Mine! 
No more be tears in moon or mist
For thee, sweet sentimentalist.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-01-24
Line count: 12
Word count: 72

Quel conseil la lune encapuchonnée
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Quel conseil la lune encapuchonnée
A-t-elle posé dans ton cœur, ma douce timide,
Au sujet de l'amour, en une ancienne pleine lune,
Gloire et étoiles sous ses pieds --
Une sage qui n'est rien d'autre qu'amie et parente
Avec le comédien Capucin ?

Crois-moi plutôt qui suis sage
En mépris du divin,
Un éclat s'allume dans ces yeux,
Tremble à la lumière des étoiles. Mienne, ô mienne !
Plus de larmes sous la lune ou dans la brume
Pour toi, ma douce sentimentale.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-06
Line count: 12
Word count: 82