Victor Hugo Translation: Love Stronger Than Time Poem by Michael Burch

Victor Hugo Translation: Love Stronger Than Time

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Love Stronger Than Time
by Victor Hugo
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

Since I first set my lips to your full cup,
Since my pallid face first nested in your hands,
Since I sensed your soul and every bloom lit up—
Till those rare perfumes were lost to deepening sands;

Since I was first allowed these pleasures deep—
To hear your heart speak mysteries, divine;
Since I have seen you smile, have watched you weep,
Your lips pressed to my lips, your eyes on mine;

Since I have sensed above my thoughts the gleam
Of a ray, a single ray, of your bright star
(If sometimes veiled) , and felt light, falling, stream
Like one rose petal plucked from high, afar;

I now can say to time's swift-changing hours:
'Pass, pass upon your way, for you grow old;
Flee to the dark abyss with your drear flowers,
but one unmarred within my heart I hold.

Your flapping wings may jar but cannot spill
The cup fulfilled of love, from which I drink;
My heart has fires your frosts can never chill,
My soul more love to fly than you can sink.'

Keywords/Tags: translation, French, France, love, time, lips, face, hands, soul, perfume, heart, ray, star, light, rose, petal

Sunday, September 1, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: face,hands,heart,lips,love,perfume,smile,soul,time,translation
Mahtab Bangalee 01 September 2019

it's great expressive - Love Stronger Than Time! //

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Michael Burch 02 September 2019

Yes, it's a great title. It reminds me of Dylan Thomas and his poem " Death Shall Have No Dominion."

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