by Paul Bourget (1852 - 1935)
Translation by Jaroslav Vrchlický (1853 - 1912)

Partons en barque sur la mer
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Partons en barque sur la mer
Pour passer la nuit aux étoiles.
Vois, il souffle juste assez d'air
Pour [gonfler]1 la toile des voiles.

Le vieux pêcheur italien 
Et ses deux fils qui nous conduisent,
Écoutent, mais n'entendent rien
Aux mots que nos bouches se disent.

Sur la mer calme et sombre, vois : 
Nous [pouvons]2 échanger nos âmes,
Et nul ne comprendra nos voix
Que la nuit, le [ciel et les]3 lames.

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1 Chausson: "enfler"
2 Widor: "pourrons"
3 Widor: "ciel, les"

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  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Vlašská serenáda", Prague, first published 1893
  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "Italian serenade", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Vlašská serenáda
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the French (Français) 
Ó prchněm’ v moře mlhy a mrak,
noc stravme v hvězdném roji!
Dost větru je — as právě tak,
co plachtu zdulo by tvoji!

Italský rybák, který nás
provázet bude se svými syny,
úst našich ovšem uslyší hlas,
však nezví — vše ztají stíny.

Nás tma a něha zatopí,
a najdem’ na moři sebe,
a kdo tam hlas náš pochopí?
Jen vlny a noc a nebe!

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Text added to the website: 2019-11-05 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-11-05 13:47:21
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