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

Dear heart, why will you use me so?
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT FRE
Dear heart, why will you use me so?
    Dear eyes that gently me upbraid, 
Still are you beautiful -- - but O,
    How is your beauty raimented!

Through the clear mirror of your eyes,
    Through the soft sigh of kiss to kiss, 
Desolate winds assail with cries
    The shadowy garden where love is.

And soon shall love dissolved be
    When over us the wild winds blow -- - 
But you, dear love, too dear to me,
    Alas! why will you use me so?

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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: 81

Cher cœur, pourquoi me traites‑tu ainsi...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Cher cœur, pourquoi me traites-tu ainsi ?
Chers yeux qui doucement me réprimandent,
Vous êtes toujours beaux -- mais oh,
Comment votre beauté est habillée !

À travers le clair miroir de tes yeux,
À travers le doux soupir des baisers,
Des vents désolés assaillent de cris
Le jardin ombragé où est l'amour.

Et bientôt l'amour sera dissous
Quand au-dessus de nous les vents sauvages souffleront --
Mais toi, cher amour, trop chère à moi,
Hélas ! pourquoi me traites-tu ainsi ?

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-07
Line count: 12
Word count: 80