by John Donne (1572 - 1631)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

At the round earth's imagined corners,...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
At the round earth's imagined corners, blow 
Your trumpets, angels, and arise 
From death, you numberless infinities 
Of souls, and to your scattered bodies go,
All whom the flood did, and fire shall o'erthrow
All whom war, death, age, agues, tyrannies,
Despair, law, chance hath slain; and you whose eyes 
Shall behold God and never taste death's woe,
But let them sleep, Lord, and me mourn a space,
For, if above all these my sins abound,
'Tis late to ask abundance of Thy grace,
When we are there. Here on this lowly ground,
Teach me how to repent, for that's as good
As if [Thou hadst]1 seal'd my pardon with Thy blood.

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1 Britten: "Thoud'st"


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Aux coins imaginés de la terre ronde,...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Aux coins imaginés de la terre ronde, soufflez
Dans vos trompettes, anges, et levez-vous, levez-vous
De la mort, infinités innombrables
D'âmes, et allez vers vos corps éparpillés,
Tous ceux que les flots ont vaincu et le feu vaincront
Tous ceux que la guerre, la disette, l'âge, les fièvres, les tyrannies,
Le désespoir, la loi, le sort, ont tué et vous dont les yeux
Verront Dieu et ne goûteront jamais le malheur de la mort.
Mais laisse-les dormir, Seigneur, et laiise-moi pleurer un moment
Car, si au-dessus de tous, mes péchés abondent,
C'est tard pour demander de ta grâce
Quand nous sommes là ; ici sur cette terre basse,
Apprends-moi comment me repentir ; car c'est aussi bien
Que si tu avais scellé mon pardon avec ton sang.

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