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My two daughters:

My two daughters
Victor Hugo
translated by gib

rhyming Alexandrin couplets (AA BB ... )

In the cool chiaroscuro of the charming night that falls,
One like a swan, the other like a dove,
Beautiful, and both joys, o sweetness!
See, the big sister and the little sister
Are seated at the foot of the garden, and on them
A bouquet of white carnations with long fragile stems,
In a marble urn, shaken by the wind,
Lean to look at them, immobile and alive,
And shake in the shadow, and seem at vase's edge,
A flight of butterflies frozen in ecstasy.

Drawn from Contemplations: I (Aurora): III - Mes deux filles
Copyright Geoffrey Barto, 2003


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