Rene Francois Armand Prudhomme poems

Rene Francois Armand Prudhomme(1839 - 1907 / France)
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At The Water's Edge

- by Rene Francois Armand Prudhomme 77

To sit and watch the wavelets as they flow
Two - side by side;
To see the gliding clouds that come and
And mark them glide;

If from low roofs the smoke is wreathing pale,
To watch it wreath;
If flowers around breathe perfume on the gale,
To feel them breathe;

If the bee sips the honeyed fruit that glistens,
To sip the dew;
If the bird warbles while the forest listens,
To listen too;

Beneath the willow where the brook is singing,
To hear its song;
Nor feel, while round us that sweet dream is clinging
The hours too long;

To know one only deep over mastering passion -
The love we share;
To let the world go worrying in its fashion
Without one care -

We only, while around all weary grow,
Unwearied stand,
And midst the fickle changes others knows,
Love - hand in hand

Aux Poètes Futurs

- by Rene Francois Armand Prudhomme 64

POèTES à venir, qui saurez tant de choses,
Et les direz sans doute en un verbe plus beau,
Portant plus loin que nous un plus large flambeau
Sur les suprêmes fins et les premières causes;
Quand vos vers sacreront des pensers grandioses,
Depuis longtemps déjà nous serons au tombeau;
Rien ne vivra de nous qu'un terne et froid lambeau
De notre ?uvre enfouie avec nos lèvres closes.

Songez que nous chantions les fleurs et les amours
Dans un age plein d'ombre, au mortel bruit des armes,
Pour des c?urs anxieux que ce bruit rendait sourds;
Lors plaignez nos chansons, où tremblaient tant d'alarmes,
Vous qui, mieux écoutés, ferez en d'heureux jours
Sur de plus hauts objets des poèmes sans larmes.

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