by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Une aube affaiblie
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG GER
Une aube affaiblie
Verse par les champs
La mélancolie
Des soleils couchants.
La mélancolie
Berce de doux chants
Mon cœur qui s'oublie
Aux soleils couchants.
Et d'étranges rêves,
Comme des soleils
Couchants sur les grèves,
Fantômes vermeils,
Défilent sans trêves, 
Défilent, pareils
À des grands soleils
Couchants sur les grèves.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Verlaine, Poèmes Saturniens, troisième édition, Paris, Léon Vanier, 1894, pages 43-44.


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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) (Emily Wyatt) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Amy Pfrimmer) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Pierre Mathé) , "Untergehende Sonnen", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 50

Untergehende Sonnen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Ein gedämpftes Morgengrauen
Vergießt durch die Felder
Die Schwermut
Der untergehenden Sonnen.
Mit süßen Liedern
Wiegt die Schwermut
Mein Herz, das sich vergißt
bei untergehenden Sonnen.
Und seltsame Träume,
Wie untergehende
Sonnen über den Stränden,
Feuerrote Gespenster,
Ziehen ohne Rast vorbei,
Ziehen, gleich
Großen untergehenden Sonnen,
An den Stränden vorbei.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-10-02
Line count: 16
Word count: 50