Some of the word choices are better than others, but I've got confused by one verse from the poem L'Occident by Alphonse de Lamartine. Its available online in the original language here. My problem is in the 5th verse where the word "empourprée" is used.
Et vers l'occident seul, une porte éclatante
Laissait voir la lumière à flots d'or ondoyer,
Et la nue empourprée imitait une tente
Qui voile sans l'éteindre un immense foyer;
Is this purple, or is it crimson? The english translation says crimson, but I though pourpré was purple. The French to English side of my Collins dictionary says pourpré as a colour is crimson, as an adjective is purple, but the English - French side when consulted about purple gives violet and pourpré, and for crimson suggests cramoisi
I'm very confused. What colour is Lamartine's sky, and is pourpré purple or is it crimson? And if both, when is it which?