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

A birdless heaven, sea dusk, one lone...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
A birdless heaven, sea dusk, one lone star
Piercing the west,
As thou, fond heart, love's time, so faint, so far,

The clear young eyes' soft look, the candid brow,
The fragrant hair,
Falling as through the silence falleth now
Dusk of the air.

Why then, remembering those shy
Sweet lures, repine
When the dear love she yielded with a sigh
Was all but thine?

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First published in Poetry, May 1917


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Tutto è sciolto", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

Tutto è sciolto
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Ciel sans oiseau, mer obscure, étoile solitaire
Qui perce l'ouest,
Comme toi, tendre cœur, du temps de l'amour, si faible, si lointain,
Tu te souviens.

Le regard doux des jeunes yeux clairs, le front sincère,
La chevelure parfumée,
Tombant comme à travers le silence tombe maintenant
L'obscurité de l'air.

Pourquoi alors, te rappelant ces timides et
Doux appâts, te plains-tu
Quand le cher amour qu'elle rendait avec un soupir
Était tout sauf tien ?


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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-07
Line count: 12
Word count: 74