Under warm Macfarlane coat, huddled shroud,
This ticket, which when you acquire –
Six Cour Saint-Francois – pray read aloud
Rue? Is it Moreau, dear Verlaine, I enquire.
– Submitted to translation competition by Clare Tierney (Oxford)
My dear Verlaine, you do retain,
A little note, tucked in your coat,
In warmth enshroud, do read it aloud:
6 Saint-François Court,
The street… Moreau?
Or so I thought.
– Submitted to the translation competition by Katharine Lovatt (St Andrews)
Shrouded under your warm cape,
This note, upon receiving it,
Pray, dear Verlaine, read it aloud,
Be it 6 St François Court or Rue Moreau.
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