by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation © by David K. Smythe

L'été, lorsque le jour a fui, de fleurs...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
L'été, lorsque le jour a fui, de fleurs couverte
La plaine verse au loin un parfum enivrant ;
Les yeux fermés, l'oreille aux rumeurs entr'ouverte,
On ne dort qu'à demi d'un sommeil transparent.

Les astres sont plus purs, l'ombre paraît meilleure ;
Un vague demi-jour teint le dôme éternel ;
Et l'aube, douce et pâle, en attendant son heure,
Semble toute la nuit errer au bas du ciel.

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June nights
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 In summer, when day is done, from the flower-covered
 meadow in the distance pours an intoxicating scent.
 With eyes shut, ears half-open to murmurs,
 One could sleep only in a limpid slumber.
 
 The stars are pure, the darkness appears better;
 some sort of half-light tinges the eternal dome;
 And the dawn, gentle and pale, biding its time,
 Seems to wander all night at the foot of the heavens.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 69