by Michel Carré (1822 - 1872), as Louis Fonteille
Translation © by Faith J. Cormier

Plainte amoureuse
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
À la fleur près d'éclore
J'ai dit: pourquoi t'ouvrir?
La bise souffle encore,
Et te fera mourir!
Pauvre fou! me dit-elle,
Sens-tu ces chauds rayons?
Déjà les papillons
M'effleurent de leur aile.
Je me meurs de langueur!
Il fait froid dans mon coeur.

Il fait froid dans mon coeur.
J'ai dit à l'alouette:
Pourquoi ces chants joyeux?
Pourquoi, vive et fluette,
Tournoyer dans les cieux?
Pauvre fou! me dit-elle,
C'est l'heure de chanter!
Ne vois-tu pas monter
La lumière nouvelle?
Je me meurs...

Je suis plein de tristesse;
Je ne vis qu'à moitié,
Et malgré ma jeunesse
Les vieux m'ont en pitié.
Un regard de ma belle
M'aurait seul exaucé!
Tout sans elle est glacé;
Tout est sombre sans elle!
Elle me tient rigueur;
J'ai la mort dans le coeur.


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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "The lover's complaint", copyright © 2000, (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: 30
Word count: 130

The lover's complaint
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 I asked the ripening bud,
 "Why open now? 
 The cold winds are still blowing
 and will kill you." 
 "Poor fool," she said, 
 "Do you feel these warm rays? 
 The butterflies are already 
 caressing me with their wings."
 I'm dying of melancholy. 
 My heart is cold. 
 My heart is cold. 
 I asked the lark, 
 "Why these happy songs? 
 Why these lively, fluid pirouettes
 in the sky?" 
 "Poor fool," she replied, 
 "It's time to sing! 
 Don't you see 
 the new light rising?" 
 I'm dying of melancholy.
 I am full of sorrow. 
 I'm only half-alive, 
 and though I am young, 
 the old pity me. 
 A glance from my darling 
 is the only thing that would have saved me. 
 Without her, everything is icy 
 and dark. 
 She is angry with me. 
 My heart is full of death.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 30
Word count: 134