En Sympathie et de Compassion

De colline en colline en vain portant ma vue,
Du sud à líaquilon, de líaurore au couchant,
Je parcours tous les points de líimmense ètendue
Et je dis : ìnulle part le bonheur ne míattend.

Que me font ces vallons, ces palais, ces chaumières,
Vains objects dont pour moi le charme est envolè ?
Fleuves, rochers, foríts, solitude si chëres,
Un seul ítre vous manque, et tout est dèpeuplè !

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My eyes in vain scan ’round the hills beyond,
From south to northerly, from dusk to dawn.
I look throughout this immensity,
And say, “There is no happiness for me.”

What good are they, thatch hut, palace, and dells,
Empty places from which no charm still dwells?
Rivers, forests, stones, and solitude rare,
Just one person missing leaves the world bare.

 

 

 

Poème par Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869)
English translation by Thomas D. Le

 

 

 

 

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