by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by François-Victor Hugo (1828 - 1873)

Let me confess that we two must be twain
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
Let me confess that we two must be twain,
Although our undivided loves are one:
So shall those blots that do with me remain
Without thy help by me be borne alone.
In our two loves there is but one respect,
Though in our lives a separable spite,
Which though it alter not love's sole effect,
Yet doth it steal sweet hours from love's delight.
I may not evermore acknowledge thee,
Lest my bewailed guilt should do thee shame,
Nor thou with public kindness honour me,
Unless thou take that honour from thy name:
  But do not so; I love thee in such sort
  As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.

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Laisse‑moi te dire que tous deux nous...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Laisse-moi te dire que tous deux nous devons rester deux, 
bien que nos cœurs indivis ne fassent qu'un : 
ainsi les flétrissures qui s'attachent à moi, 
je les supporterai seul et sans ton aide.
Dans nos deux amours nous n'avons qu'une dignité, 
malgré la fatalité qui sépare nos deux vies et qui, 
sans altérer en rien l'effet unique de l'affection, 
dérobe à ses jouissances tant de douces heures.
Je dois désormais cesser de te reconnaître, 
de peur que mon ignominie pleurée ne te fasse honte. 
Et tu ne peux plus m'honorer d'une bienveillance publique 
sans retirer cet honneur à ton nom.
  Ne fais pas cela : je t'aime de telle sorte que, 
  comme tu es à moi, à moi est ta réputation.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-08-17
Line count: 14
Word count: 122