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

My dove, my beautiful one
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
My dove, my beautiful one, 
  Arise, arise! 
  The night-dew lies 
Upon my lips and eyes. 

The odorous winds are weaving 
  A music of sighs: 
  Arise, arise, 
My dove, my beautiful one! 

I wait by the cedar tree, 
  My sister, my love. 
  White breast of the dove, 
My breast shall be your bed. 

The pale dew lies 
  Like a veil on my head. 
  My fair one, my fair dove, 
Arise, arise!1

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1 Szymanowski adds "My dove, my beautiful one!"


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Line count: 16
Word count: 70

Ma colombe, ma belle
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Ma colombe, ma belle,
Lève-toi, lève-toi !
La rosée de la nuit se pose
Sur mes lèvres et mes yeux.

Les vents odorants tissent
Une musique de soupirs :
Lève-toi, lève-toi,
Ma colombe, ma belle !

J'attends près du cèdre,
ma sœur, mon amour,
Sein blanc de la colombe,
Mon sein sera ton lit.

La pâle rosée se pose
Comme un voile sur ma tête.
Ma blonde, ma belle colombe,
Lève-toi, lève-toi !

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-06
Line count: 16
Word count: 73