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Le Pont Mirabeau

  • Contest: Love Poetry
  • Author: Victor Hugo
  • Translation: Richard Wilbur
  • Under the Mirabeau Bridge
    there flows the Seine
    And our loves recall how then
    After each sorrow joy came back again

    Let night come on bells end the day
    The days go by me still I stay

    Hands joined and face to face let's stay just so
    While underneath
    The bridge of our arms shall go
    Weary of endless looks the river's flow
  • Let night come on bells end the day
    The days go by me still I stay

    All love goes by as water to the sea
    All love goes by
    How slow life seems to me
    How violent the hope of love can be

    Let night come on bells end the day
    The days go by me still I stay

    The days the weeks pass by beyond our ken
    Neither time past
    Nor love comes back again
    Under the Mirabeau Bridge there flows the Seine

    Let night come on bells end the day
    The days go by me still I stay