by Jean-Frédéric-Emile Aubry (1882 - 1950), as Georges Jean-Aubry
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG FIN
Psyché ! La lampe est morte; éveille-toi. 
Le jour te considère 
avec des yeux noyés d'amour,
et le désir nouveau de te servir encore.
Le miroir, confident de ton visage en pleurs,
reflète, ce matin, lac pur parmi des fleurs,
Un ciel laiteux ainsi qu'une éternelle aurore.
Midi s'approche et danse, 
ivre sur ses pieds d'or.
Tends-lui les bras, sèche tes pleurs ;
dans un essor abandonne, Psyché, 
la langueur de ta couche.
L'oiseau chant au sommet de l'arbre, 
le soleil sourit d'aise 
en voyant l'universel éveil,
et le Printemps s'étire, 
une rose à la bouche.


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Psyche", copyright © 2012
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Psykhe", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

This text was added to the website: 2008-07-25
Line count: 17
Word count: 96

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Psyche! The lamp has gone out ; awaken! 
The day contemplates you
with eyes flooded with love
and a new desire to serve you again.
The mirror, confidant of your tearful face,
Reflects this morning a pure lake among flowers,
A milk-white sky like an eternal dawn.
Noon approaches and dances, 
Intoxicated on his golden feet.
Reach your arms out to him, dry your tears; 
In a flight, abandon the languor 
of your bed, Psyche.
The bird sings at the top of the tree,
The sun smiles with pleasure 
on seeing this universal awakening,
and Spring stretches, 
a rose in his mouth.


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2012 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2012-07-22
Line count: 17
Word count: 102