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  • LECORBEAU/THERAVENPOMEPAREDGARPOE

    TRADUCTIONFRANAISEDESTPHANEMALLARMAVECILLUSTRATIONSPARDOUARDMANET

    PARISRICHARDLESCLIDE,DITEUR,61,RUEDELAFAYETTE

    1875

    LECORBEAU/THERAVEN

  • Onceuponamidnightdreary,whileIpondered,weakandweary,OvermanyaquaintandcuriousvolumeofforgottenloreWhileInodded,nearlynapping,suddenlytherecameatapping,Asofsomeonegentlyrappingrappingatmychamberdoor."'Tissomevisitor,"Imuttered,"tappingatmychamberdoor

    Onlythisandnothingmore."

    Unefois,parunminuitlugubre,tandisquejem'appesantissais,faibleetfatigu,surmaintcurieuxetbizarrevolumedesavoiroublitandisquejedodelinaislatte,somnolantpresque:soudainsefitunheurt,commedequelqu'unfrappantdoucement,frappantlaportedemachambrecelaseuletriendeplus.

    Ah,distinctlyIremember,itwasinthebleakDecember,Andeachseparatedyingemberwroughtitsghostuponthefloor.EagerlyIwishedthemorrowvainlyIhadsoughttoborrowFrommybookssurceaseofsorrowsorrowforthelostLenoreFortherareandradiantmaidenwhomtheangelsnameLenore

    Namelesshereforevermore.

    Ah!distinctementjemesouviensquec'taitenleglacialDcembre:etchaquetison,mourantisol,ouvrageaitsonspectresurlesol.Ardemmentjesouhaitaislejourvainementj'avaischerchd'empruntermeslivresunsursisauchagrinauchagrindelaLnoreperduedelarareetrayonnantejeunefillequelesangesnommentLnore:denompourelleici,non,jamaisplus!

    AndthesilkensaduncertainrustlingofeachpurplecurtainThrilledmefilledmewithfantasticterrorsneverfeltbeforeSothatnow,tostillthebeatingofmyheart,Istoodrepeating"'TissomevisitorentreatingentranceatmychamberdoorSomelatevisitorentreatingentranceatmychamberdoor

    Thisitisandnothingmore."

    Etdelasoiel'incertainettristebruissementenchaquerideaupurpuralmetraversaitm'emplissaitdefantastiquesterreurspassentiesencore:sibienque,pourcalmerlebattementdemoncur,jedemeuraismaintenantrpterC'estquelquevisiteurquisollicitel'entre,laportedemachambrequelquevisiteurquisollicitel'entre,laportedemachambrec'estcelaetriendeplus.

    Presentlymysoulgrewstrongerhesitatingthennolonger,"Sir,"saidI,"orMadam,trulyyourforgivenessIimploreButthefactisIwasnapping,andsogentlyyoucamerapping,Andsofaintlyyoucametappingtappingatmychamberdoor,ThatIscarcewassureIheardyou"hereIopenedwidethedoor:

    Darknessthereandnothingmore.

    Monmedevintsubitementplusforteet,n'hsitantdavantage Monsieur,disje,ouMadame,j'implorevritablementvotrepardonmaislefaitestquejesomnolaisetvousvntessidoucementfrapper,etsifaiblementvousvntesheurter,heurterlaportedemachambre,quej'taispeinesrdevousavoirentendu. Icij'ouvris,grande,laporte:lestnbresetriendeplus.

  • Deepintothatdarknesspeering,longIstoodtherewondering,fearing,Doubting,dreamingdreamsnomortaleverdaredtodreambeforeButthesilencewasunbroken,andthestillnessgavenotoken,Andtheonlywordtherespokenwasthewhisperedword,"Lenore!"ThisIwhispered,andanechomurmuredbacktheword,"Lenore!"

    Merelythisandnothingmore.

    Loindansl'ombreregardant,jemetinslongtempsdouter,m'tonneretcraindre,rverdesrvesqu'aucunmorteln'avaitosrverencoremaislesilenceneserompitpointetlaquitudenedonnadesigne:etleseulmotquisedit,futlemotchuchotLnore!JelechuchotaietunchomurmuraderetourlemotLnore!purementcelaetriendeplus.

    Backintothechamberturning,allmysoulwithinmeburning,SoonagainIheardatapping,somewhatlouderthanbefore,"Surely,"saidI,"surelythatissomethingatmywindowlatticeLetmesee,then,whatthereatis,andthismysteryexploreLetmyheartbestillamoment,andthismysteryexplore

    'Tisthewindandnothingmore."

    Rentrantdanslachambre,toutemonmeenfeu,j'entendisbienttunheurtenquelquesorteplusfortqu'auparavant.Srement,disje,srementc'estquelquechoselapersiennedemafentre.Voyonsdonccequ'ilyaetexploronscemystrequemoncursecalmeunmomentetexplorecemystrec'estleventetriendeplus.

    OpenhereIflungtheshutter,when,withmanyaflirtandflutter,IntheresteppedastatelyRavenofthesaintlydaysofyore.NottheleastobeisancemadehenotaninstantstoppedorstayedheBut,withmienoflordandlady,perchedabovemychamberdoorPercheduponabustofPallasjustabovemychamberdoor

    Perchedandsatandnothingmore.

    Aulargejepoussailevoletquand,avecmaintsenjouementetagitationd'ailes,entraunmajestueuxCorbeaudessaintsjoursdejadis.Ilnefitpaslamoindrervrence,ilnes'arrtanin'hsitauninstant:mais,avecuneminedelordoudelady,seperchaaudessusdelaportedemachambreseperchasurunbustedePallasjusteaudessusdelaportedemachambresepercha,sigeaetriendeplus.

    Thenthisebonybirdbeguilingmysadfancyintosmiling,Bythegraveandsterndecorumofthecountenanceitwore,"Thoughthycrestbeshornandshaven,thou,"Isaid,"artsurenocraven,GhastlygrimandancientRavenwanderingfromtheNightlyshoreTellmewhatthylordlynameisontheNight'sPlutonianshore!"

    QuoththeRaven,"Nevermore."

    Alorscetoiseaud'bneinduisantmatristeimaginationausourire,parlegraveetsvredcorumdelacontenancequ'ileut:Quoiquetacrtesoitchueetrase,non!disje,tun'espaspoursrunpoltron,spectral,lugubreetancienCorbeau,errantloindurivagedeNuitdismoiquelesttonnomseigneurialaurivageplutoniendeNuit.LeCorbeaudit:Jamaisplus.

    MuchImarvelledthisungainlyfowltoheardiscoursesoplainly,Thoughitsanswerlittlemeaninglittlerelevancybore

  • ForwecannothelpagreeingthatnolivinghumanbeingEveryetwasblessedwithseeingbirdabovehischamberdoorBirdorbeastuponthesculpturedbustabovehischamberdoor,

    Withsuchanameas"Nevermore."

    Jem'merveillaifortd'entendrecedisgracieuxvolatiles'nonceraussiclairement,quoiquesarponsen'etquepeudesensetpeud'proposcaronnepeuts'empcherdeconvenirquenulhommevivantn'etencorel'heurdevoirunoiseauaudessusdelaportedesachambreunoiseauoutouteautrebtesurlebustesculpt,audessusdelaportedesachambre,avecunnomtelque:Jamaisplus.

    ButtheRaven,sittinglonelyonthatplacidbust,spokeonlyThatoneword,asifhissoulinthatonewordhedidoutpour.NothingfurtherthenheutterednotafeatherthenheflutteredTillIscarcelymorethanmuttered,"OtherfriendshaveflownbeforeOnthemorrowhewillleaveme,asmyHopeshaveflownbefore."

    Thenthebirdsaid,"Nevermore."

    MaisleCorbeau,perchsolitairementsurcebusteplacide,parlaceseulmotcommesi,sonme,enceseulmot,illarpandait.Jeneprofraidoncriendeplus:iln'agitadoncpasdeplumejusqu'cequejefispeinedavantagequemarmotterD'autresamisdjontprisleurvoldemainilmelaisseracommemesEsprancesdjontprisleurvol.Alorsl'oiseaudit:Jamaisplus.

    Startledatthestillnessbrokenbyreplysoaptlyspoken,"Doubtless,"saidI,"whatituttersisitsonlystockandstore,Caughtfromsomeunhappymaster,whomunmercifulDisasterFollowedfastandfollowedfastertillhissongsoneburdenboreTillthedirgesofhisHopethemelancholyburdenbore

    Of'Nevernevermore.'"

    Tressaillantaucalmerompuparunerpliquesibienparle:Sansdoutedisje,cequ'ilprofreesttoutsonfondsetsonbagage,prisquelquemalheureuxmatrequel'impitoyableDsastresuivitdeprsetdetrsprssuivitjusqu'cequeseschansonscomportassentununiquerefrainjusqu'cequeleschantsfunbresdesonEsprancecomportassentlemlancoliquerefraindeJamaisjamaisplus.

    ButtheRavenstillbeguilingallmysadsoulintosmiling,StraightIwheeledacushionedseatinfrontofbirdandbustanddoorThen,uponthevelvetsinking,IbetookmyselftolinkingFancyuntofancy,thinkingwhatthisominousbirdofyoreWhatthisgrim,ungainly,ghastly,gauntandominousbirdofyore

    Meantincroaking"Nevermore."

    LeCorbeauinduisanttoutematristemeencoreausourire,jeroulaisoudainunsigecoussinsenfacedel'oiseauetdubusteetdelaporteetm'enfonantdanslevelours,jemeprisenchanersongeriesongerie,pensantcequecetauguraloiseaudejadiscequecesombre,disgracieux,sinistre,maigreetauguraloiseaudejadissignifiaitencroassant:Jamaisplus.

  • ThisIsatengagedinguessing,butnosyllableexpressingTothefowlwhosefieryeyesnowburnedintomybosom'scoreThisandmoreIsatdivining,withmyheadateaserecliningOnthecushion'svelvetliningthatthelamplightgloatedo'er,Butwhosevelvetvioletliningwiththelamplightgloatingo'er,

    Sheshallpress,ah,nevermore!

    Cela,jem'assisoccupleconjecturer,maisn'adressantpasunesyllabel'oiseaudontlesyeuxdefeubrlaient,maintenant,aufonddemonseincelaetplusencore,jem'assispourledeviner,mattereposantl'aisesurlahoussedeveloursdescoussinsquedvoraitlalumiredelalampe,housseviolettedeveloursdvorparlalumiredelalampequ'Ellenepresseraplus,ah!jamaisplus.

    Then,methought,theairgrewdenser,perfumedfromanunseencenser,SwungbySeraphimwhosefootfallstinkledonthetuftedfloor."Wretch,"Icried,"thyGodhathlenttheebytheseangelshehathsenttheeRespiterespiteandnepenthefromthymemoriesofLenore!Quaff,ohquaffthiskindnepenthe,andforgetthislostLenore!"

    QuoththeRaven,"Nevermore."

    L'air,mesemblatil,devintalorsplusdense,parfumselonunencensoirinvisiblebalancparlesSraphinsdontlepied,danssachute,tintaitsurl'toffeduparquet.Misrable,m'criaije,tonDieut'aprtilt'aenvoy,parcesanges,lerpitlerpitetlenpenthsdanstammoiredeLnore!Bois!oh!boiscebonnpenthsetoubliecetteLnoreperdue!LeCorbeaudit:Jamaisplus!

    "Prophet!"saidI,"thingofevil!prophetstill,ifbirdordevil!WhetherTemptersent,orwhethertempesttossedtheehereashore,Desolateyetallundaunted,onthisdesertlandenchantedOnthishomebyHorrorhauntedtellmetruly,IimploreIsthereistherebalminGilead?tellmetellme,Iimplore!"

    QuoththeRaven,"Nevermore."

    Prophte,disje,tredemalheur!prophte,oui,oiseauoudmon!QuesileTentateurt'envoyaoulatemptet'chouaverscesbords,dsoletencoretoutindompt,verscettedserteterreenchanteverscelogisparl'horreurhant:dismoivritablement,jet'implore!yatildubaumeenJude?dismoi,jet'implore.LeCorbeaudit:Jamaisplus!

    "Prophet!"saidI,"thingofevil!prophetstill,ifbirdordevil!BythatHeaventhatbendsaboveusbythatGodwebothadoreTellthissoulwithsorrowladenif,withinthedistantAidenn,ItshallclaspasaintlymaidenwhomtheangelsnameLenoreClasparareandradiantmaidenwhomtheangelsnameLenore."

    QuoththeRaven,"Nevermore."

    Prophte,disje,tredemalheur!prophte,oui,oiseauoudmon!ParlesCieuxsurnousparsetleDieuquenousadoronstousdeuxdiscettemedechagrinchargesi,dansledistantEden,elledoitembrasserunejeune fillesanctifiequelesangesnommentLnoreembrasserunerareetrayonnantejeunefillequelesangesnommentLnore.LeCorbeaudit:Jamaisplus!

  • "Bethatwordoursignofparting,birdorfiend!"Ishrieked,upstarting"GettheebackintothetempestandtheNight'sPlutonianshore!Leavenoblackplumeasatokenofthatliethysoulhathspoken!Leavemylonelinessunbroken!quitthebustabovemydoor!Takethybeakfromoutmyheart,andtakethyformfromoffmydoor!"

    QuoththeRaven,"Nevermore."

    Quecemotsoitlesignaldenotresparation,oiseauoumalinesprit,hurlaije,enmedressant.ReculeenlatempteetlerivageplutoniendeNuit!Nelaissepasuneplumenoireicicommeungagedumensongequ'aprofrtonme.Laisseinviolmonabandon!quittelebusteaudessusdemaporte!tetonbecdemoncuretjettetaformeloindemaporte!LeCorbeaudit:Jamaisplus!

    AndtheRaven,neverflitting,stillissittingstillissittingOnthepallidbustofPallasjustabovemychamberdoorAndhiseyeshavealltheseemingofaDemon'sthatisdreaming,Andthelamplighto'erhimstreamingthrowshisshadowonthefloorAndmysoulfromoutthatshadowthatliesfloatingonthefloor

    Shallbeliftednevermore!

    EtleCorbeau,sansvoleter,sigeencoresigeencoresurlebustepallidedePallas,justeaudessusdelaportedemachambre,etsesyeuxonttoutelasemblancedesyeuxd'undmonquirve,etlalumiredelalampe,ruisselantsurlui,projettesonombreterre:etmonme,decetteombrequigtflottanteterre,nes'lverajamaisplus!