by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

When roses cease to bloom, dear
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
When roses cease to bloom, [dear]1, 
And violets are done,
When bumble-bees in solemn flight
Have passed beyond the sun,

The hand that passed to gather
Upon this summer's day
Will idle lie, in Auburn, --
Then take my flower, pray!

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1 Peros follows another version of this poem: "sir"

Note for stanza 2, line 3: "Auburn" refers to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 40

Quand les Roses cesseront de fleurir,...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Quand les Roses cesseront de fleurir, Monsieur,
Et les Violettes seront finies --
Quand les Bourdons en vol solennels
Seront passés au-delà du Soleil --
La main qui s'est arrêtée pour les cueillir
En ce jour d'Été
Reposera inoccupée -- à Auburn
Alors prenez mes fleurs - je vous en prie !

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Note : Auburn est un cimetière de Cambridge, Massachusetts


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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-15
Line count: 8
Word count: 49