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  • POEM: The Angel by William Blake (6/18/2006 1:53:00 PM)

    Why did you modernize the punctuation? Please refer to Erdman's authoritative collection of Blake for the author's original version.

  • POEM: The Angel by William Blake (3/10/2006 8:38:00 PM)

    Mr. Swanson didn't get his quoted verse quite right. The original, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, is also on this site, under the title 'Solitude'.

  • POEM: Les Pas by Paul Valery (3/10/2006 7:39:00 PM)

    Good job on the translation, Jan! I think I like your version better than that by David Paul in the official Vol.1 of Valery's Collected Works (which is long out of print and damned hard to find!) . Here is Paul's version:

    The Footsteps

    Your footsteps, children of my silence,
    With gradual and saintly pace
    Towards the bed of my watchfulness,
    Muted and frozen, approach.

    Pure one, divine shadow,
    How gentle are your cautious steps!
    Gods! ...all the gifts that I can guess
    Come to me on those naked feet!

    If, with your lips advancing,
    You are preparing to appease
    The inhabitant of my thoughts
    With the sustenance of a kiss,

    Do not hasten the tender act,
    Bliss of being and not being,
    For I have lived on waiting for you,
    And my heart was only your footsteps.

    (The original appeared in some French journal in Nov.1921.)

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