Six French Poets of the Nineteenth Century: Lamartine, Hugo, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallarme

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ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE

from Méditations poétiques

I. L'Isolement

Souvent sur la montape, á l'ombre du vieux chêne,
Au coucher du soleil, tristement je m'assieds;
Je promène au hasard mes regards sur la plaine,
Dont le tableau changeant se déroule à mes pieds.

Ici, gronde le fleuve aux vagues écumantes: 5
Il serpente, et s'enfonce en un lointain obscur;
Là, le lac immobile étend ses eaux dormantes
Où l'étoile du soir se lève dans l'azur.

Au sommet de ces monts couronnés de bois sombres,

Le crépuscule encor jette un dernier rayon; 10
Et le char vaporeux de la reine des ombres
Monte, et blanchit déjà les bords de l'horizon.

Cependant, s'élançant de la flèche gothique,
Un son religieux se répand dans les airs,

Le voyageur s'arrête, et la cloche rustique 15
Aux derniers bruits du jour mêle de saints concerts.

Mais à ces doux tableaux mon âme indifférente
N'éprouve devant eux ni charme, ni transports,
Je contemple la terre, ainsi qu'une ombre errante:

Le soleil des vivants n'échauffe plus les morts. 20

De colline en colline en vain portant ma vue, Du sud à l'aquilon, de l'aurore au couchant,
Je parcours tous les points de l'immense étendue,
Et je dis: Nulle part le bonheur ne m'attend.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction xi
  • Note on the Text and Translation xxxvii
  • Select Bibliography xli
  • Alphonse De Lamartine 2
  • Victor Hugo 36
  • Charles Baudelaire 146
  • Paul Verlaine 196
  • Arthur Rimbaud 238
  • Stephane MallarmÉ 274
  • Explanatory Notes 295
  • Index of Titles and First Lines 325
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