by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Le ciel est, par‑dessus le toit
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CHI ENG ITA SPA
Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit,
  Si bleu, si calme !
Un arbre, par-dessus le toit,
  Berce sa palme.

La cloche, dans le ciel qu'on voit,
  Doucement tinte.
Un oiseau sur l'arbre qu'on voit
  Chante sa plainte.

Mon Dieu, mon Dieu, la vie est là
  Simple et tranquille.
Cette paisible rumeur-là
  Vient de la ville.

Qu'as-tu fait, ô toi que voilà
  Pleurant sans cesse,
Dis, qu'as-tu fait, toi que voilà,
  De ta jeunesse ?

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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "監禁", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Píseň"
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 2016
  • ENG English (Ernest Dowson) , no title, appears in Decorations, in After Paul Verlaine, no. 4
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il cielo, lassù oltre il tetto", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , "Desde la prisión", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Il cielo, lassù oltre il tetto
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the French (Français) 
Il cielo, lassù oltre il tetto,
così azzurro e sereno!
Un albero, lassù oltre il tetto,
dondola la sua chioma.

La campana, nel cielo che scorgo,
rintocca dolcemente.
Un uccello, nell'albero che scorgo,
canta un lamento.

Dio mio, Dio mio! La vita è di là,
semplice e tranquilla.
Un calmo rumore,
sale dalla città.

Che cosa hai fatto, tu qui ridotto
in perpetua tristezza,
dimmi, che cosa ne hai fatto,
della tua giovinezza.

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Text added to the website: 2009-12-29 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:29
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