by Constantine P. Cavafy (1863 - 1933)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Language: Greek (Ελληνικά) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Θάθελα αυτήν την μνήμη να την πω...
Μα έτσι εσβύσθη πια... σαν τίποτε δεν απομένει —
γιατί μακρυά, στα πρώτα εφηβικά μου χρόνια κείται.

Δέρμα σαν καμωμένο από ιασεμί...
Εκείνη του Aυγούστου — Aύγουστος ήταν; — η βραδυά...
Μόλις θυμούμαι πια τα μάτια. ήσαν, θαρρώ, μαβιά...
A ναι, μαβιά. ένα σαπφείρινο μαβί.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Il y a longtemps", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Il y a longtemps
Language: French (Français)  after the Greek (Ελληνικά) 
J'aimerais parler de ce souvenir...
Mais il est si fané maintenant... comme s'il ne restait rien --
Parce qu'il y a si longtemps, dans mes premières années d'adolescence.

Une peau qui faisait penser au jasmin...
Ce soir-là d'août -- était-ce en août ? le soir...
Je me souviens à peine des yeux, ils étaient bleus, je pense...
Ah, oui, un saphir bleu.


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Word count: 60