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Enfant, si j'étais Roi...

Liszt (1844)

Enfant! si j'étais Roi, je donnerais l'empire,
Et mon char, et mon sceptre et mon peuple à genoux,
Et ma couronne d'or, et mes bains de porphyre,
Et mes flottes à qui la mer ne peut suffire,
Pour un regard de vous!

Si j'étais Dieu, la terre et l'air avec les ondes,
Les anges, les démons courbés devant ma loi,
Et le profond chaos aux entrailles fécondes,
L'éternité, l'espace, et les cieux et les mondes,
Pour un baiser de toi!

Victor Hugo

Child, if I were King...

 

Child! If I were King, I would give the empire,
and my chariot, and my sceptre and my kneeling people,
and my golden crown, and my porphyry baths,
and my flotillas for which even the sea is insufficient,
for a sight of you.

If I were God, the earth, the air along with the waves,
the angels, the devils bowed before my laws,
and the deep Chaos with fertile womb,
the eternity, the space and the heavens and the worlds,
for a kiss from thee!

© translated by Christopher Goldsack

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