by Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)
Translation by Stéphane Mallarmé (1842 - 1898)

Hear the sledges with the bells
Language: English 
Hear the sledges with the bells --
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells --
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

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Entendez les traîneaux à cloches
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Entendez les traîneaux à cloches -- 
cloches d'argent ! 
Quel monde d'amusement annonce leur mélodie ! 
Comme elle tinte, tinte, tinte, 
dans le glacial air de nuit ! 
Tandis que les astres qui étincellent 
sur tout le ciel semblent cligner, 
avec cristalline délice, de l'œil : 
allant, elle d'accord (d'accord, d'accord) 
en une sorte de rythme runique, 
avec la « tintinnabulisation » qui surgit si musicalement 
des cloches (des cloches, cloches, cloches, 
cloches, cloches, cloches) : 
du cliquetis et du tintement des cloches.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-01-06
Line count: 14
Word count: 82