by Anna Andreyevna Akhmatova (1889 - 1966)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Как велит простая учтивость
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Как велит простая учтивость,
Подошел ко мне. Улыбнулся,
Полуласково, полулениво
Поцелуем руки коснулся.
И загадочных, древних ликов
На меня поглядели очи...
Десять лет замираний и криков,
Все мои бессонные ночи
Я вложила в тихое слово
И сказала его напрасно.
Отошел ты, и стало снова
На душе и пусто и ясно.

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Comme le veut la simple courtoisie
Language: French (Français)  after the Russian (Русский) 
Comme le veut la simple courtoisie,
Il s'est avancé vers moi. Il a souri,
À demi tendre, à demi indolent,
Il a baisé ma main légèrement.
D'un visage énigmatique, antique,
Sur moi les yeux se sont posés...
Dix ans d'étourdissements et de cris,
Toutes mes nuits sans sommeil,
J'ai tout versé dans un mot calme,
Que j'ai dit en vain.
Tu es parti, et à nouveau cela a été
Dans mon âme vide et clarté.

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:07
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