“Charming masques in shepherd mummeries are playing lutes and dancing with an air of being sad in their fantastic guise”

CLAIRE DE LUNE
~ by Paul Verlaine

Your soul is like a painter’s landscape where
charming masques in shepherd mummeries
are playing lutes and dancing with an air
of being sad in their fantastic guise.

Even while they sing, all in a minor key,
of love triumphant and life’s careless boon,
they seem in doubt of their felicity,
their song melts in the calm light of the moon,

the lovely melancholy light that sets
the little birds to dreaming in the tree
and among the statues makes the jets
of slender fountains sob with ecstasy.

(Translation by C. F. MacIntyre)

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Votre ame est une paysage choisi
Que vont charmants masques et bergamasques,
Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi
Triste sous leurs deguisements fantasques.

Tout en chantant dans le mode mineur
L’amour vainquer et la vie opportune,
Ils n’ont pas l’air de croire a leur bonheur
Et leur chanson se mele au claire de lune,

Au calme claire de lune triste et beau,
Qui fait rever les oiseaux dans les arbes
Et sangloter d’extase les jets d’eau,
Les grands jets d’eau sveltes parmi les marbres.

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Author: MDM

Michael Dennis Mooney is a student of humor and witticism in verse. At this site he is compiling a selection of the best works using extended metaphor in poetry, with a special interest in satire, parody, and humor. Suggestions are welcome. Send your citations of favorites, by email, to mike.mooney.home@gmail.com He has a site "New Writings" at http://jcbcast.blogspot.com And a site for essays, 'His Epistles To The Philistines" at http://tothephilistines.wordpress.com

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