Belles journées, souris du temps,
Vous rongez peu-à-peu ma vie.
Dieu! Je vais avoir vingt-huit ans,
Et mal vécus, à mon envie.
Happy days, mouse of time,
bit by bit you gnaw my life away.
God! I shall shortly have lived twenty eight years,
and badly lived, for my desire.
© translated by Christopher Goldsack
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