Translation by Alexis Paulin Pâris (1800 - 1881)

They say that Hope is happiness
Language: English 
They say that Hope is happiness --
  But genuine Love must prize the past;
And mem'ry wakes the thoughts that bless
  They rose the first -- they set the last.
And all that mem'ry loves the most
  Was once our only hope to be:
And all that hope adored and lost
Hath melted into memory.

Alas! it is delusion all -- 
  The future cheats us from afar,
Nor can we be what we recall,
  Nor dare we think on what we are.

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Ils disent que l'espérance est du bonheur
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Ils disent que l'espérance est du bonheur;
mais l'amour natal peut honorer le passé,
et la mémoire réveille les pensées qui consolent:
elles se lèvent les premières -- et se couchent les dernières;
et tout ce que la mémoire aime le plus
à se rappeler était autrefois notre seule espérance;
et tout ce que cette espérance a adoré et perdu
s'est conservé dans la mémoire.

Hélas ! tout est déception;
l'avenir nous abuse de loin;
nous ne pouvons être ce que nous nous rappelons,
et nous n'osons penser à ce que nous sommes.

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Text added to the website: 2012-01-15 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:45
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Word count: 92