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

Sleep now, O sleep now
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Sleep now, O sleep now,
  O you unquiet heart!
A voice crying "Sleep now"
  Is heard in my heart.

The voice of the winter
  Is heard at the door.
O sleep, for the winter
  Is crying "Sleep no more."

My kiss will give peace now
  And quiet to your heart -
Sleep on in peace now,
  O you unquiet heart!

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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 60

Dors maintenant, oh, dors maintenant
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Dors maintenant, oh, dors maintenant,
Oh, cœur inquiet !
Une voix qui crie "Dors maintenant"
S'entend dans mon cœur.

La voix de l'hiver
S'entend à la porte.
Oh, dors, car l'hiver
Crie : " Ne dormez plus".

Mon baiser donnera la paix maintenant
et le repos à ton cœur --
Dors en paix maintenant,
Oh, cœur inquiet !

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-07
Line count: 12
Word count: 57