LE PONT MIRABEAU THE MIRABEAU BRIDGE
Guillaume Apollinaire trans. C.K.Stead
Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine
............Et nos amours
.....Faut-il quíil míen souvienne
La joie venait toujours après la peine

............Vienne la nuit sonne líheure
............Les jours síen vont je demeure


Les mains dans les mains restons face à face
............Tandis que sous
.....Le pont de nos bras passe
Des éternels regards líonde si lasse

............Vienne la nuit sonne líheure
............Les jours síen vont je demeure


Líamour síen va comme cette eau courante
............Líamour síen va
.....Comme la vie est lente
Et comme líEspérance est violente

............Vienne la nuit sonne líheure
............Les jours síen vont je demeure


Passent les jours et passent les semaines
............Ni temps passé
.....Ni les amours reviennent
Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine

............Vienne la nuit sonne líheure
............Les jours síen vont je demeure
Under the Mirabeau Bridge the Seine flows
............And all our loving
.....Why should I remember how it goes
Happiness used to follow after our woes

............Let the night come strike the bell
............Time keeps moving I keep still


Hand in hand together couldnít we lie
............And face to face
.....Our arms a bridge of sighs
Over the slow streams flowing from our eyes

............Let the night come strike the bell
............Time keeps moving I keep still


Love goes by just as these waters are flowing
............Love goes by
.....Slow as life is in growing
And violent as the hopes that attend its going

............Let the night come strike the bell
............Time keeps moving I keep still


Days pass and weeks itís all the lover knows
............And time like love
.....Wonít alter but on it goes
Under the Mirabeau Bridge the Seine flows

............Let the night come strike the bell
............Time keeps moving I keep still

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Trans. copyright © C.K.Stead 2007



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