by François Coppée (1842 - 1908)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Vous aurez beau faire et beau dire
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Vous [aurez]1 beau faire et beau dire,
L'oubli me serait odieux ;
Et je vois toujours son sourire
  Des adieux.

Vous [aurez]1 beau dire et beau faire,
Sans espoir je dois la chérir ;
Je souffre bien, mais je préfère
  En souffrir.

Vous [aurez]1 beau faire et beau dire
Dût-elle même l'ignorer,
Je veux, fidèle à mon martyre,
  La pleurer.

Vous [aurez]1 beau dire et beau faire,
Seule, elle peut mon mal guérir ;
Et j'aime mieux, s'il persévère,
  En mourir.

H. Gilles de Fontenailles sets stanzas 1, 3-4

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Line count: 16
Word count: 81

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Whatever you do or say,
Forgetting would be odious to me;
And I always see her smile
of farewell.

Whatever you say or do,
I must cherish her without hope ;
I suffer much, but I prefer
to suffer.

Whatever you do or say,
Would she even ignore it?
I want to be true to my martyrdom
and weep for her.

Whatever you do or say,
Only she can heal my pain,
And I would prefer if it persevered 
Unto death.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-29
Line count: 16
Word count: 81