by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation © by Faith J. Cormier

Amis, vive l'orgie !
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Amis, vive l'orgie !
J'aime la folle nuit
Et la nappe rougie
Et les chants et le bruit,
Les dames peu sévères ,
Les cavaliers joyeux,
Le vin dans tous les verres,
L'amour dans tous les yeux !

  La tombe est noire,
  Les ans sont courts.
  Il faut, sans croire
  Aux sots discours,
  Très-souvent boire,
  Aimer toujours ! 

Dans la douce Italie 
Qu'éclaire un si doux ciel, 
Tout est joie et folie, 
Tout est nectar et miel.
Ayons donc à nos fêtes
Les fleurs et les beautés,
La rose sur nos têtes,
La femme à nos côtés !

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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "Hurrah for the orgy, my friend!", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 22
Word count: 98

Hurrah for the orgy, my friend!
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Hurrah for the orgy, my friend!
I love the wild night,
Loud songs without end,
The cloth red, so red to my sight,
Gay-minded lasses,
Their swains' joyful sighs,
Wine in all glasses,
Love in all eyes.
Death swallows us up
And short are our days.
With gloom do not sup,
Nor heed follish men's lays.
Be oft in your cups
And in love always!

In Italy sweet,
'Neath a tender sky,
Honey and nectar eat
With wild, joyful cry.
To our feasts shall come now
Blooms and beauty to cheer us; 
A rose for our brow,
A fair one beside us.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 22
Word count: 102