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Si mes vers avaient des ailes...

Hahn (1888)

Mes vers fuiraient, doux et frêles,
Vers votre jardin si beau,
Si mes vers avaient des ailes,
Des ailes comme l'oiseau.

Ils voleraient, étincelles,
Vers votre foyer qui rit,
Si mes vers avaient des ailes,
Des ailes comme l'esprit.

Près de vous, purs et fidèles,
Ils accourraient, nuit et jour,
Si mes vers avaient des ailes,
Des ailes comme l'amour.

Victor Hugo

If my verses had wings...

 

My verses would flee, soft and delicate,
towards your garden, so lovely,
if my verses had wings,
wings like the bird.

They would fly, like sparks,
towards your hearth which laughs,
if my verses had wings,
wings like the spirit.

Close to you, pure and faithful,
they would hasten, night and day,
if my verses had wings,
wings like love.

© translated by Christopher Goldsack

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