Days go past and days come still with Eminescu

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Romanians celebrate their National Culture Day on January 15. Introduced in 2010, the event honours the birth of the Romanian national poet, Mihai Eminescu.

I believe that there is no Romanian who does not resonate with Eminescu’s most popular poems. I first heard about him in my earlier years, as a child, in my home country. While putting us to bed to sleep, my mother used to recite us “Drowsy birds”. This short poem is about the moment when little birds gather at their nest to hide together for the night.

My mother knew the poem by heart. She was a humble woman, living in a poor village, somewhere in the Eastern part of Romania. She was familiar with some of Eminescu’s poems as most people in her generation, who used to complete seven years of primary education in the 1940’s.

Even if it is considered an easy-to-understand poem, the

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Eminescu’s Somnoroase păsărele: From Drowsy Birds to Sleepy Little Songsters

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On this page, I gathered a number of English versions of the “Somnoroase păsărele” poem, written by Mihai Eminescu. The English translated titles vary from “Drowsy Birds” to “Sleepy Little Songsters”.

Dimitrie Cuclin, Sylvia Pankhurst, Andrei Bantaş, Corneliu M. Popescu, Brenda Walker, Dan Solomon & Emil Ciolan authored the translations. The original poem is also part of this compilation.

Illustration by Ligia Macovei

More poems translated into English are available on the Discovering Eminescu website, published in 1998.

Somnoroase păsărele, de Mihai Eminescu

Somnoroase păsărele
Pe la cuiburi se adună,
Se ascund în rămurele –
Noapte bună!

Doar izvoarele suspină,
Pe când codrul negru tace;
Dorm şi florile’n grădină –
Dormi în pace!

Trece lebăda pe ape
Între trestii să se culce –
Fie-ţi îngerii aproape,
Somnul dulce!

Peste-a nopţii feerie
Se ridică mândra lună,
Totu-i vis şi armonie –
Noapte bună!

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Parc du Bon Pasteur, Evere’s one-of-a-kind green gem

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We moved to Evere of Belgium four years ago. I believe we were very inspired to make this choice as we are greeted with a beautiful view on the Parc du Bon Pasteur, every day.…

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Nantes’s Graslin Square bridges contemporary and neoclassical styles

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The Graslin Square or Place Graslin, in French, is a gorgeous area in the French city of Nantes. Most of the square is pedestrian, which makes a number of buildings more visible while facing each…

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Trentemoult: The French village where all world’s colours come together

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While in Nantes, we wanted to enjoy a short trip on the Loire, in Nantes. Visiting Trentemoult was the right choice. Connected to Nantes by Navibus, a small boat belong to the public transport network,…

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Passage Pommeraye, a historical witness of Nantes’s wealth

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Nantes’s Passage Pommeraye is one of the first world’s covered shopping plazas, in France. Built in 1843 and renovated recently, the Passage is a three storey shopping arcade. Today the monument keeps fascinating us with…

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Nantes’s Cathedral, one of France’s reference landmarks

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Nantes’s Cathedral, which is one of France’s last Gothic cathedrals, bears the name of St. Peter and St. Paul. Under the French Revolution, the cathedral served as a military observation post during the siege of…

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Château des ducs de Bretagne: Nantes’s medieval gemstone

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Château des ducs de Bretagne or Castle of the Dukes of Brittany in English, is a beautiful ancient building next to Nantes’s city centre and the River Loire, in France. The Castle’s main entry gate…

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Nantes’s Île de Versailles & its gorgeous Japanese Garden

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Nantes, which is located on the confluence point of Erdre and Loire, is also well known for a Japanese Garden, which is situated on the Island of Versailles or L’Île de Versailles, as it is…

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La Cigale: Nantes’s Timeless Art Nouveau Pearl

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Before going to Nantes we heard that we shall not miss La Cigale, which is a stunning iconic restaurant featuring a particular Art Nouveau Style. It is located right in front of the Graslin Opera…

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