by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

La tombe dit à la rose
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA
La tombe dit à la rose :
-- Des pleurs dont l'aube t'arrose
Que fais-tu, fleur des amours ?
La rose dit à la tombe :
-- Que fais-tu de ce qui tombe
Dans ton gouffre ouvert toujours ?

La rose dit: -- Tombeau sombre,
De ces pleurs je fais dans l'ombre
Un parfum d'ambre et de miel.
La tombe dit: -- Fleur plaintive,
De chaque âme qui m'arrive
Je fais un ange du ciel.

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  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Hrob a růže", Prague, first published 1877
  • ENG English (Barbara Miller) , "The tomb and the rose", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La tomba e la rosa", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 12
Word count: 71

La tomba e la rosa
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the French (Français) 
La tomba parlò alla rosa: 
della rugiada nel tuo grembo,
dimmi, che ne fai? Rivelamelo.
La rosa parlò alla tomba: 
che cosa ne è della triste 
ricchezza che nascondi nel tuo fondo?

Ma ascolta quello che dico: 
la rugiada che mi irrora prima del mattino,
la trasformo in un prezioso profumo.
Parlò allora la tomba: 
dalle salme che custodisco,
si elevano angeli su nel cielo.


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This text was added to the website: 2011-02-01
Line count: 12
Word count: 65