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Apollinaire, Guillaume: Hotels (Hôtels in English)

Portre of Apollinaire, Guillaume

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Hôtels (French)

La chambre est veuve

Chacun pour soi

Présence neuve

On paye au mois


Le patron doute


Je tourne en route

Comme un toton


Le bruit des fiacres

Mon voisin laid

Qui fume un âcre

Tabac anglais


O La Vallière

Qui boite et rit

De mes prières

Table de nuit


Et tous ensemble

Dans cet hôtel

Savons la langue

Comme à Babel


Fermons nos portes

A double tour

Chacun apporte

Son seul amour

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Hotels (English)

The room is free

Each for himself

A new arrival

Pays by the month


The boss is doubtful

Whether you’ll pay

Like a top

I spin on the way


The traffic noise

My neighbour gross

Who puffs an acrid

English smoke


O La Vallière

Who limps and smiles

In my prayers

The bedside table


And all the company

in this hotel

know the languages

of Babel


Let’s shut our doors

With a double lock

And each adore

his lonely love

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