L’amour d'une Mère

O l'amour d’une mère!

amour que nul n’oublie!

Pain merveilleux qu’un Dieu

partage et multiplie!

Table toujours servie

au paternel foyer!

Chacun en a sa part

et tous l’ont tout entier!

(Victor Hugo)


The Love of a Mother

O the love of a mother!

A love which no one forgets!

A wonderful bread which a God

divides and multiplies!

A table always served.

at the paternal hearth!

Each one has a part of it

And everyone has all of it!

(Victor Hugo)

For me at least, this poem by the novelist, Victor Hugo, is quite a pleasant surprise.
I particularly like the way in which the love of a mother for her children seems to be compared with God’s love for those who receive Holy Communion at Mass.
I found it on a memorial card in a friend’s old flat in Spain and wrote it down on an envelope while tea was being prepared...
The rather laboured translation is my own. It will have to do for now until I find a good one.

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