by Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki (1880 - 1918), as Guillaume Apollinaire
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Mais Madame écoutez‑moi donc
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG
Mais Madame écoutez-moi donc
Vous perdez quelque chose 
-  C'est mon coeur pas grand-chose
Ramassez-le donc 
Je l'ai donné je l'ai repris 
Il fut là-bas dans les tranchées
Il est ici j'en ris j'en ris 
Des belles amours que la mort a fauchées

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Madame, miri!", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Salvador Pila) , "Madame, look!", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

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Madame, look!
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Madame, look!
You have lost something.
It's my heart -- not much of a thing!
So pick it up.
I have given it, and I have taken it back.
It was down there in the trenches.
Now it's here and I laugh at them, I laugh at them,
at the beautiful loves scythed down by death.


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2011 by Salvador Pila, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Text added to the website: 2011-05-22 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:23
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