Winter Evening, A New English translation of Émile Nelligan’s “Soir d’Hiver”

Lac Saint-Louis, Saint-Zénon, Haute Matawinie, Québec. Vu du Nord.

Texte de la version originale de Soir d’Hiver (Winter Evening) : click here.

Loup Kibiloki’s ( Jacques Renaud )  original English translation of Soir d’Hiver ( Winter Evening ), interpreted and performed by Gilles-Claude Thériault :

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Transcription of Loup Kibiloki’s ( Jacques Renaud ) original English translation of Nelligan’s Soir d’Hiver ( Winter Evening ) :

Émile Nelligan

Winter Evening

Oh! How the snow’s been snowing!
My window pane is a garden of frost.
Oh! How the snow’s been snowing!
What is the the spasm of living
to the painful grief I have, I have!

All the ponds are lying frozen,
Where is my life? My soul is black
And all her hopes are lying frozen;
Where do I go?  New Norway am I –
Wherefrom blond skies have gone away.

Cry, birds of February,
Cry at the sinister chill of things.
Cry, birds of February,
Cry my tears and cry my roses
At the branches of the juniper, cry.

Oh! How the snow’s been snowing!
My window pane is a garden of frost.
Oh! How the snow’s been snowing!
What is the the spasm of living
To all the boredom I have, I have!…

English translation by Loup Kibiloki ( Jacques Renaud )

© Copyright 2009 Hamilton-Lucas Sinclair (Loup Kibiloki, Jacques Renaud, Le Scribe) for the English translation; click

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