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

Love came to us in time gone by
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Love came to us in time gone by
    When one at twilight shyly played 
And one in fear was standing nigh -- -
    For Love at first is all afraid.

We were grave lovers. Love is past
    That had his sweet hours many a one; 
Welcome to us now at the last
    The ways that we shall go upon.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Beate Binnig) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-01-24
Line count: 8
Word count: 58

L'amour est venu à nous en un temps qui...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
L'amour est venu à nous en un temps qui est passé
Quand l'un jouait timidement au crépuscule
Et l'autre plein de crainte se tenait tout près --
Car l'amour au début est tout craintif.

Nous étions des amants graves. L'amour est passé
Lui qui a eu maintes douces heures pour lui,
Bienvenus à nous maintenant enfin
Les chemins que nous prendrons.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-07
Line count: 8
Word count: 60