Summer night – Emile Nelligan

The violin, with a deep song of sadness,Fills the sweet night, mingles with the sounds of the horns,The sylphs go weeping like a distressed soul,And the hearts of the trees wail like the dead. The breath of the Watchman animates each leaf;To bitter memories the woods open their bosoms;The birds are dreamy; and under the […]

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The habit – Auguste Angellier

The quiet habit with silent handsBinds up, day by day, our greatest wounds;It puts its sure bandages on our heartsAnd pours its forgetful oils on them without end; The noblest sorrows, which would defend themselves,Desiring to endure for the love they contain,Feel the need dear to them and which they maintainBecome, in spite of themselves, […]

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Royal song of the most beautiful that ever was in the world – Catherine d’Amboise

Angels, Thrones and Dominations,Principality, Archangels, Cherubim,Bow down to the lower regionsWith Virtues, Potestates, Seraphim,Transvolve from the high crystal heavensTo decorate the triumphant entranceAnd the most worthy birth adored,The holy concept by mysteries very highOf the Virgin, where all grace abounds,Decreed by said imperiaulxThe most beautiful that ever was in the world. Make sermons and preaching,Carmelite […]

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The party at the Council – Michel Altaroche

Come to our splendid parties!Here banquets, there concerts, elsewhere balls.Diamonds shine on the heads,The wine reddens the crystal cups.This haughty luxury which everywhere unfolds,The people will pay for it in big money.Municipalities, in the distance, drive out the crowd.Let’s have fun! What a beautiful feast! Precious and rare dishes,Every morsel of which was bought at […]

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Let’s tear down – Louis Audiat

Unproductive!… Coffins, lead weights, sepulchral stones,Bones even, industry will know how to use them well!How our hands tear up the annals of the past!Progress comes, these walls prevent it from passing: Roll down, ancient bridges! Down, feudal towers!We need debris to raise ourselves up,We shall think ourselves greater in size and in thoughtWhen nothing will […]

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The Kids – Hannah Lowe

A powerful exploration of time, growth, identity and negotiating an unknown future, The Kids draws lessons from both the poet’s experiences as a teacher in a London inner city school and her own childhood shaped by a completely different kind of age. These boisterous and musical poems explore and explode the universal experience of what it is […]

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