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

I would in that sweet bosom be
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
I would in that sweet bosom be 
  (O sweet it is and fair it is!) 
Where no rude wind might visit me. 
  Because of sad austerities 
I would in that sweet bosom be. 

I would be ever in that heart 
  (O soft I knock and soft entreat her!) 
Where only peace might be my part. 
  Austerities were all the sweeter 
So I were ever in that heart.

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Note: first published as "A wish" in Speaker (October 1904)


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Je voudrais être en ce doux sein
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Je voudrais être en ce doux sein
(Oh, qu'il est doux et qu'il est beau !)
Où nul vent mal élevé ne pourrait m'atteindre.
À cause de tristes rigueurs
Je voudrais être en ce doux sein.

Je voudrais être toujours dans ce cœur
(Oh, doucement je frappe et doucement je l'implore !)
Où seule la paix pourrait être mon lot.
Les rigueurs seraient toutes plus douces
Si j'étais toujours dans ce cœur.

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Word count: 72