by Francis Jammes (1868 - 1938)
Translation © by Korin Kormick

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Frêle petite fille O rose dans la fange
Du cirque piétinée avant que de t'ouvrir
Dieu ne t'avait-il pas faite à l'image des anges
Et pour que le printemps parfumât tes soupirs.


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  • ENG English (Korin Kormick) , title 1: "Columbine", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 32

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Frail little girl, o rose in the mire,
In a shambles, trampled underfoot before you opened,
Did not God make you in the image of angels
And so that spring perfumes your sighs?


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Line count: 4
Word count: 33