by Paul Bourget (1852 - 1935)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
La lune se levait, pure, mais plus glacée
Que le ressouvenir de [quelque amour]1 passée.
Les étoiles, au fond du ciel silencieux,
Brillaient, mais d'un éclat changeant, comme des yeux
Où flotte une pensée insaisissable à l'âme.
Et le violon, tendre et doux, comme une femme
Dont la voix s'affaiblit dans l'ardente langueur,
Chantait: » Encore un soir perdu pour le bonheur. «

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1 Debussy: "quelqu'amour"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Hudba", first published 1893
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Music", copyright © 2017

Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

This text was added to the website: 2004-07-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 63

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The moon was rising, fresh but more frozen
Than the recollection of a love long past.
The stars, silent at the back of the sky,
Glittered, but with an unpredictable radiance, like [a pair of] eyes
In which floats the elusive idea of the soul.
And the violin, tender and gentle, like a woman
Whose voice grows weaker in burning lassitude,
Sang out: "One more night lost to pleasure."


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This text was added to the website: 2017-04-30
Line count: 8
Word count: 69