Victor Hugo - Sultan Achmet (English translation)

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Sultan Achmet

À Juana la grenadine,
Qui toujours chante et badine,
Sultan Achmet dit un jour :
- Je donnerais sans retour
Mon royaume pour Médine,
Médine pour ton amour.
 
- Fais-toi chrétien, roi sublime !
Car il est illégitime,
Le plaisir qu’on a cherché
Aux bras d’un turc débauché.
J’aurais peur de faire un crime.
C’est bien assez du péché.
 
- Par ces perles dont la chaîne
Rehausse, ô ma souveraine,
Ton cou blanc comme le lait,
Je ferai ce qui te plaît,
Si tu veux bien que je prenne
Ton collier pour chapelet.
 
Submitted by Valeriu Raut on Sun, 05/02/2017 - 06:57
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English translation

Sultan Achmet

To Juana from Granada
who sings and flirts all day
Sultan Achmet once said:
I would gladly give away
my kingdom for Medina,
trade Medina for your love.
 
- Become a Christian, o noble king!
For it stands against the law,
the pleasure one sought
in a depraved Turk's arms.
I would fear to commit a crime,
and sin I will no further.
 
- I swear on these pearls whose chain
brings out, o my sovereign,
the milky white of your neck,
that I will do as you please,
provided you let me tell
these very beads in my prayers.
 
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Submitted by petit élève on Sat, 11/03/2017 - 18:58
Added in reply to request by Ilgaz.Y
Last edited by petit élève on Tue, 18/04/2017 - 10:26
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That's the 29th poem from Les orientales.

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