Poem of the Day: L’Éternité (Eternity) by Arthur Rimbaud

It has been found again.
What ? – Eternity.
It is the sea fled away
With the sun.

Sentinel soul,
Let us whisper the confession
Of the night full of nothingness
And the day on fire.

From human approbation,
From common urges
You diverge here
And fly off as you may.

Since from you alone,
Satiny embers,
Duty breathes
Without anyone saying : at last.
Here is no hope,
No orietur.
Knowledge and fortitude,
Torture is certain.

It has been found again.
What ? – Eternity.
It is the sea fled away
With the sun.

-Original-

Elle est retrouvée.
Quoi? – L’Éternité.
C’est la mer allée
Avec le soleil.

Âme sentinelle,
Murmurons l’aveu
De la nuit si nulle
Et du jour en feu.

Des humains suffrages,
Des communs élans
Là tu te dégages
Et voles selon.

Puisque de vous seules,
Braises de satin,
Le Devoir s’exhale
Sans qu’on dise: en fin.

Là pas d’espérance,
Nul orietur.
Science avec patience,
Le supplice est sûr.

Elle est retrouvée.
Quoi? – l’Éternité.
C’est la mer allée
Avec le soleil.

Translation by Oliver Bernard

It has been found again. What? – Eternity. It is the sea¹ gone with the sun.
Sentinel soul, let us murmur our avowal that the night is full of nothingness, and the day on fire.
From human approbation, from common urges, you detach yourself here and take flight as you may.
Since from you alone, satiny embers, Duty breathes without anyone saying: there it is.
There is no hope here, no orietur.² Knowledge and fortitude, the [final] suffering is certain.
It has been found again.What? – Eternity. It is the sea gone with the sun.

1 . Cf. ‘ Mémoire’, 3 – la mère is hinted at here, in la mer.
2. = it (the sun) will rise (again).

image by Alexander Rommel

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