Victor Hugo

They Say – Victor Hugo

They Say – Victor Hugo

They Say They say:’Be prudent’ – and then comes this dithyramb: Who thinks to strike Nero ‘Tiptoes in and does not first cry out an iamb ‘Nor make a bugle blow ‘Remember Ettenheim – abduction of great fame; ‘Do not hurry your task. ‘But be like C... »

The Cemetary Of Eylau – Victor Hugo

The Cemetary Of Eylau – Victor Hugo

The Cemetary Of Eylau This to my elder brothers, schoolboys gay, Was told by Uncle Louis on a day; He bid me play, with tender voice and bland, Thinking me still too young to understand. Howe’er, I listened, and his tale was this:— ‘A battle? Bah!—and know you what it is? A deal of smoke... »

The Giant In Glee – Victor Hugo

The Giant In Glee – Victor Hugo

The Giant In Glee Ho, warriors! I was reared in the land of the Gauls; O’er the Rhine my ancestors came bounding like balls Of the snow at the Pole, where, a babe, I was bathed Ere in bear and in walrus-skin I was enswathed. Then my father was strong, whom the years lowly bow,– A bison c... »

The Quiet Rural Church – Victor Hugo

The Quiet Rural Church – Victor Hugo

The Quiet Rural Church It was a humble church, with arches low, The church we entered there, Where many a weary soul since long ago Had past with plaint or prayer. Mournful and still it was at day’s decline, The day we entered there; As in a loveless heart, at the lone shrine, The fires exting... »

To Cruel Ocean – Victor Hugo

To Cruel Ocean – Victor Hugo

To Cruel Ocean Where are the hapless shipmen?–disappeared, Gone down, where witness none, save Night, hath been, Ye deep, deep waves, of kneeling mothers feared, What dismal tales know ye of things unseen? Tales that ye tell your whispering selves between The while in clouds to the flood-tide ... »

The Eaglet Mourned – Victor Hugo

The Eaglet Mourned – Victor Hugo

The Eaglet Mourned Too hard Napoleon’s fate! if, lone, No being he had loved, no single one, Less dark that doom had been. But with the heart of might doth ever dwell The heart of love! And in his island cell Two things there were, I ween: Two things,—a portrait and a map there were. Here hung... »

The Girl Of Otaheite – Victor Hugo

The Girl Of Otaheite – Victor Hugo

The Girl Of Otaheite Forget? Can I forget the scented breath Of breezes, sighing of thee, in mine ear; The strange awaking from a dream of death, The sudden thrill to find thee coming near? Our huts were desolate, and far away I heard thee calling me throughout the day, No one had seen thee pass, Tr... »

The Retreat From Moscow – Victor Hugo

The Retreat From Moscow – Victor Hugo

The Retreat From Moscow It snowed. A defeat was our conquest red! For once the eagle was hanging its head. Sad days! the Emperor turned slowly his back On smoking Moscow, blent orange and black. The water burst, avalanche-like, to reign Over the endless blanched sheet of the plain. Nor chief nor ban... »

To The Napoleon Column – Victor Hugo

To The Napoleon Column – Victor Hugo

To The Napoleon Column When with gigantic hand he placed, For throne on vassal Europe based. That column’s lofty height, Pillar, in whose dread majesty, In double immortality, Glory and bronze unite! Ay, when he built it that some day Discord or war their course might stay, Or here might break... »

The Epic Of The Lion – Victor Hugo

The Epic Of The Lion – Victor Hugo

The Epic Of The Lion A Lion in his jaws caught up a child– Not harming it–and to the woodland, wild With secret streams and lairs, bore off his prey– The beast, as one might cull a bud in May. It was a rosy boy, a king’s own pride, A ten-year lad, with bright eyes shining wid... »

The Grave And The Rose – Victor Hugo

The Grave And The Rose – Victor Hugo

The Grave And The Rose The Grave said to the Rose, “What of the dews of dawn, Love’s flower, what end is theirs?” “And what of spirits flown, The souls whereon doth close The tomb’s mouth unawares?” The Rose said to the Grave. The Rose said, “In the shade Fr... »

The Refugee’s Haven – Victor Hugo

The Refugee’s Haven – Victor Hugo

The Refugee�s Haven You may doubt I find comfort in England But, there, ’tis a refuge from dangers! Where a Cromwell dictated to Milton, Republicans ne’er can be strangers! Victor Marie Hugo Hits: 0 »

To My Daughter – Victor Hugo

To My Daughter – Victor Hugo

To My Daughter My child! thou seest me content to lead A lonely life. Do thou, in imitation, Not happy, nor triumphant, learn the need Of resignation. All guileless be, commercing with the skies, And as a sun to glorify the whole; My child, within the azure of thine eyes, Put thou thy soul. For none... »

The Exile’s Desire – Victor Hugo

The Exile’s Desire – Victor Hugo

The Exile’s Desire Would I could see you, native land, Where lilacs and the almond stand Behind fields flowering to the strand– But no! Can I–oh, father, mother, crave Another final blessing save To rest my head upon your grave?– But no! In the one pit where ye repose, Would I coul... »

The Lovers Colloquy – Victor Hugo

The Lovers Colloquy – Victor Hugo

The Lover�s Colloquy [HERNANI, Act V.] One little moment to indulge the sight With the rich beauty of the summer’s night. The harp is hushed, and, see, the torch is dim,– Night and ourselves together. To the brim The cup of our felicity is filled. Each sound is mute, each harsh sensation... »

The Son In Old Age – Victor Hugo

The Son In Old Age – Victor Hugo

The Son In Old Age Thy noble face, Regina, calls to mind My poor lost little one, my latest born. He was a gift from God–a sign of pardon– That child vouchsafed me in my eightieth year! I to his little cradle went, and went, And even while ’twas sleeping, talked to it. For when one... »

Tomorrow, At Dawn – Victor Hugo

Tomorrow, At Dawn – Victor Hugo

Tomorrow, At Dawn Tomorrow, at dawn, at the hour when the countryside whitens, I will set out. You see, I know that you wait for me. I will go by the forest, I will go by the mountain. I can no longer remain far from you. I will walk with my eyes fixed on my thoughts, Seeing nothing of outdoors, hea... »

The Exile’s Choice – Victor Hugo

The Exile’s Choice – Victor Hugo

The Exile’s Choice Since justice slumbers in the abysm, Since the crime’s crowned with despotism, Since all most upright souls are smitten, Since proudest souls are bowed for shame, Since on the walls in lines of flame My country’s dark dishonour’s written; O grand Republic o... »

The Lover’s Sacrifice – Victor Hugo

The Lover’s Sacrifice – Victor Hugo

The Lover�s Sacrifice [HERNANI, Act II.] DONNA SOL. Together let us fly! HERNANI. Together? No! the hour is past for flight. Dearest, when first thy beauty smote my sight, I offered, for the love that bade me live, Wretch that I was, what misery had to give: My wood, my stream, my mountain. Bolder g... »

Song – Victor Hugo

Song – Victor Hugo

Song He shines through history like a sun. For thrice five years He bore bright victory through the dun King-shadowed spheres; Proud Europe ‘neath his law of might Low-bowed the knee. Thou, poor ape, hobble after aright, Petit, petit! Napoleon in the roar of fight, Calm and serene, Guided athw... »

The Sower – Victor Hugo

The Sower – Victor Hugo

The Sower Sitting in a porchway cool, Fades the ruddy sunlight fast, Twilight hastens on to rule– Working hours are wellnigh past Shadows shoot across the lands; But one sower lingers still, Old, in rags, he patient stands,– Looking on, I feel a thrill. Black and high his silhouette Domi... »

Trumpets Of The Mind – Victor Hugo

Trumpets Of The Mind – Victor Hugo

Trumpets Of The Mind Sound, sound forever, clarions of thought! When Joshua ‘gainst the high-walled city fought, He marched around it with his banner high, His troops in serried order following nigh, But not a sword was drawn, no shaft outsprang; Only the trumpets the shrill onset rang. At the... »

The Father’s Curse – Victor Hugo

The Father’s Curse – Victor Hugo

The Father�s Curse [LE ROI S’AMUSE, Act I.] M. ST. VALLIER (_an aged nobleman, from whom King Francis I. decoyed his daughter, the famous beauty, Diana of Poitiers_). A king should listen when his subjects speak: ‘Tis true your mandate led me to the block, Where pardon came upon me, like... »

The Ocean’s Song – Victor Hugo

The Ocean’s Song – Victor Hugo

The Ocean’s Song We walked amongst the ruins famed in story Of Rozel-Tower, And saw the boundless waters stretch in glory And heave in power. O Ocean vast! We heard thy song with wonder, Whilst waves marked time. “Appear, O Truth!” thou sang’st with tone of thunder, “An... »

Sunrise – Victor Hugo

Sunrise – Victor Hugo

Sunrise Foul times there are when nations spiritless Throw honour away For tinsel glory, to base happiness A mournful prey. Then from the nations, fain of lustful rest, Dull slavery’s dreams, All virtue ebbs, as from a sponge tight-prest Clear water streams. Then men, to vice and folly docile ... »

The Roll Of The De Silve Race – Victor Hugo

The Roll Of The De Silve Race – Victor Hugo

The Roll Of The De Silve Race [HERNANI, Act III.] In that reverend face Behold the father of De Silva’s race, Silvius; in Rome he filled the consul’s place Three times (your patience for such honored names). This second was Grand Master of St. James And Calatrava; his strong limbs sustai... »

Veni, Vidi, Vixi (French & English) – Victor Hugo

Veni, Vidi, Vixi (French & English) – Victor Hugo

Veni, Vidi, Vixi (French & English) J’ai bien assez v�cu, puisque dans mes douleurs Je marche, sans trouver de bras qui me secourent, Puisque je ris � peine aux enfants qui m’entourent, Puisque je ne suis plus r�joui par les fleurs ; Puisqu’au printemps, quand Dieu met la natu... »

The Fay And The Peri – Victor Hugo

The Fay And The Peri – Victor Hugo

The Fay and the Peri The Peri Beautiful spirit, come with me Over the blue enchanted sea. Morn and evening thou canst play In my garden, where the breeze Warbles through the fruity trees; No shadow falls upon the day. There thy mother’s arms await Her cherished infant at the gate. Of Peris I t... »

The Old Man’s Love – Victor Hugo

The Old Man’s Love – Victor Hugo

The Old Man�s Love [HERNANI, Act III.] O mockery! that this halting love That fills the heart so full of flame and transport, Forgets the body while it fires the soul! If but a youthful shepherd cross my path, He singing on the way–I sadly musing, He in his fields, I in my darksome alleys̵... »

Sweet Sister – Victor Hugo

Sweet Sister – Victor Hugo

Sweet Sister Sweet sister, if you knew, like me, The charms of guileless infancy, No more you’d envy riper years, Or smiles, more bitter than your tears. But childhood passes in an hour, As perfume from a faded flower; The joyous voice of early glee Flies, like the Halcyon, o’er the sea.... »

The Spanish Lady’s Love – Victor Hugo

The Spanish Lady’s Love – Victor Hugo

The Spanish Lady�s Love [HERNANI, ACT I.] To mount the hills or scaffold, we go to-morrow: Hernani, blame me not for this my boldness. Art thou mine evil genius or mine angel? I know not, but I am thy slave. Now hear me: Go where thou wilt, I follow thee. Remain, And I remain. Why do I thus? I know ... »

What The Poet Was Telling Himself In – Victor Hugo

What The Poet Was Telling Himself In – Victor Hugo

What The Poet Was Telling Himself In You mustn’t seek out power, mustn’t grab the helm Your work lies elsewhere, spirit of another realm, In innocence withdraw before this moment here. Lover of thought in mourning both sweet and severe-, Disdained or understood by men still you must live... »

The Feast Of Freedom – Victor Hugo

The Feast Of Freedom – Victor Hugo

The Feast Of Freedom TO YE KINGS. When the Christians were doomed to the lions of old By the priest and the praetor, combined to uphold An idolatrous cause, Forth they came while the vast Colosseum throughout Gathered thousands looked on, and they fell ‘mid the shout Of ‘the People’... »

The Pity Of Angels – Victor Hugo

The Pity Of Angels – Victor Hugo

The Pity Of Angels [LA PITIE SUPREME VIII., .] When an angel of kindness Saw, doomed to the dark, Men framed in his likeness, He sought for a spark– Stray gem of God’s glory That shines so serene– And, falling like lark, To brighten our story, Pure Pity was seen. Victor Marie Hugo ... »

That Night It Rained – Victor Hugo

That Night It Rained – Victor Hugo

That Night It Rained That night it rained, the tide was high, A heavy, grey fog covered all the coast, The breakers barked like dogs, the waves Joined their black sobs to the weeping of the sky, Infinity shook and in its urn mixed up The dark whirlings of the nocturnal abyss. The night’s mouth... »

The Veil – Victor Hugo

The Veil – Victor Hugo

The Veil THE SISTER Why, brother, why upon me stare? Why do your brows so fiercely lower? Your eyes like funeral torches glare, Beneath their gloomy looks I cower. Why do I see your sashes rent? Why have you thrice your fingers laid Upon the sheath? What dire intent Makes you half draw the glitterin... »

Words In The Shadow – Victor Hugo

Words In The Shadow – Victor Hugo

Words In The Shadow She said, ‘I am wrong to want something more, it’s true. The hours go by very quietly just so. You are there. I never takes my eyes off you. In your eyes I see your thoughts as they come and go. To watch you is a joy I have not yet got through. No doubt it is still ve... »

The Fields, Erewhile The World To Me. – Victor Hugo

The Fields, Erewhile The World To Me. – Victor Hugo

The fields, erewhile the world to me. I die, because I hear no longer The birds, my whole world’s melody. My soul is where I cannot be. ‘Twixt four rough planks my body lay, And bury me,—I care not, I!’ One cannot live with bread away; Afar from home, one’s fain—how fain!—to ... »

The Old And The Young Bridegroom – Victor Hugo

The Old And The Young Bridegroom – Victor Hugo

The Old And The Young Bridegroom [HERNANI, Act I.] Listen. The man for whom your youth is destined, Your uncle, Ruy de Silva, is the Duke Of Pastrana, Count of Castile and Aragon. For lack of youth, he brings you, dearest girl, Treasures of gold, jewels, and precious gems, With which your brow might... »

The Beggar’s Quatrain – Victor Hugo

The Beggar’s Quatrain – Victor Hugo

The Beggar’s Quatrain Blind, as was Homer; as Belisarius, blind, But one weak child to guide his vision dim. The hand which dealt him bread, in pity kind– He’ll never see; God sees it, though, for him. Victor Marie Hugo Hits: 0 »

The Worst Treason – Victor Hugo

The Worst Treason – Victor Hugo

The Worst Treason The deepest infamy man can attain, Is to strangle Rome, or France enchain; Whate’er the place, the land, the city be, ‘T is to rob man of soul and liberty; ‘T is with drawn sword the senate to invade, And murder law in its own court betrayed. To enslave the land i... »

The First Black Flag – Victor Hugo

The First Black Flag – Victor Hugo

The First Black Flag JOB. Hast thou ne’er heard men say That, in the Black Wood, ‘twixt Cologne and Spire, Upon a rock flanked by the towering mountains, A castle stands, renowned among all castles? And in this fort, on piles of lava built, A burgrave dwells, among all burgraves famed? H... »

The Poor Children – Victor Hugo

The Poor Children – Victor Hugo

The Poor Children Take heed of this small child of earth; He is great; he hath in him God most high. Children before their fleshly birth Are lights alive in the blue sky. In our light bitter world of wrong They come; God gives us them awhile. His speech is in their stammering tongue, And his forgive... »

The Degenerate Gallants – Victor Hugo

The Degenerate Gallants – Victor Hugo

The Degenerate Gallants [HERNANI, Act I., March, .] What business brings you here, young cavaliers? Men like the Cid, the knights of bygone years, Rode out the battle of the weak to wage, Protecting beauty and revering age. Their armor sat on them, strong men as true, Much lighter than your velvet r... »

Then, Most, I Smile – Victor Hugo

Then, Most, I Smile – Victor Hugo

Then, Most, I Smile Late it is to look so proud, Daisy queen! come is the gloom Of the winter-burdened cloud!– ‘But, in winter, most I bloom!’ Star of even! sunk the sun! Lost for e’er the ruddy line; And the earth is veiled in dun,– ‘Nay, in darkness, best I shin... »

The Genesis Of The Butterfly – Victor Hugo

The Genesis Of The Butterfly – Victor Hugo

The Genesis Of The Butterfly The dawn is smiling on the dew that covers The tearful roses; lo, the little lovers That kiss the buds, and all the flutterings In jasmine bloom, and privet, of white wings, That go and come, and fly, and peep and hide, With muffled music, murmured far and wide. Ah, the ... »

The Portrait Of A Child – Victor Hugo

The Portrait Of A Child – Victor Hugo

The Portrait Of A Child That brow, that smile, that cheek so fair, Beseem my child, who weeps and plays: A heavenly spirit guards her ways, From whom she stole that mixture rare. Through all her features shining mild, The poet sees an angel there, The father sees a child. And by their flame so pure ... »

A Sunset – Victor Hugo

A Sunset – Victor Hugo

I love the evenings, passionless and fair, I love the evens, Whether old manor-fronts their ray with golden fulgence leavens, In numerous leafage bosomed close; Whether the mist in reefs of fire extend its reaches sheer, Or a hundred sunbeams splinter in an azure atmosphere On cloudy archipelagos. O... »

A Song – Victor Hugo

A Song – Victor Hugo

A Song Sitting at His table one day, God and the devil a game did play; Hated humanity was at stake; Well, the first picked Bonaparte; The other drew, and for his part, ‘Twas Mastai that he did take. Impoverished abbey, thin as a sprite! Petty prince, small and filled with spite, Truly a thoug... »

Après L’hiver – Victor Hugo

Après L’hiver – Victor Hugo

Après L’Hiver Tout revit, ma bien aimée ! Le ciel gris perd sa pâleur ; Quand la terre est embaumée, Le coeur de l’homme est meilleur. En haut, d’où l’amour ruiselle, En bas, où meurt la douleur, La même immense étincelle Allume l’astre et la fleur. L’hiver fuit, ... »

Ce Qui Se Passait Aux Feuillantines Vers – Victor Hugo

Ce Qui Se Passait Aux Feuillantines Vers – Victor Hugo

Ce Qui Se Passait Aux Feuillantines Vers (extrait) Enfants, beaux fronts naïfs penchés autour de moi, Bouches aux dents d’émail disant toujours : Pourquoi ? Vous qui, m’interrogeant sur plus d’un grand problème, Voulez de chaque chose, obscure pour moi-même, Connaître le vrai sens ... »

Cri De Guerre Du Mufti – Victor Hugo

Cri De Guerre Du Mufti – Victor Hugo

Cri De Guerre Du Mufti En guerre les guerriers ! Mahomet ! Mahomet ! Les chiens mordent les pieds du lion qui dormait, Ils relèvent leur tête infâme. Ecrasez, ô croyants du prophète divin, Ces chancelants soldats qui s’enivrent de vin, Ces hommes qui n’ont qu’une femme ! Meure la r... »

En Hiver La Terre Pleure – Victor Hugo

En Hiver La Terre Pleure – Victor Hugo

En Hiver La Terre Pleure En hiver la terre pleure ; Le soleil froid, pâle et doux, Vient tard, et part de bonne heure, Ennuyé du rendez-vous. Leurs idylles sont moroses. – Soleil ! aimons ! – Essayons. O terre, où donc sont tes roses ? – Astre, où donc sont tes rayons ? Il prend un... »

Garde À Jamais Dans Ta Mémoire – Victor Hugo

Garde À Jamais Dans Ta Mémoire – Victor Hugo

Garde À Jamais Dans Ta Mémoire Garde à jamais dans ta mémoire, Garde toujours Le beau roman, la belle histoire De nos amours ! Moi, je vois tout dans ma pensée, Tout à la fois ! La trace par ton pied laissée Au fond des bois, Les champs, les pelouses qui cachent Nos verts sentiers, Et ta robe blanch... »

Je Ne Veux Condamner Personne, Ô Sombre Histoire – Victor Hugo

Je Ne Veux Condamner Personne, Ô Sombre Histoire – Victor Hugo

Je Ne Veux Condamner Personne, Ô Sombre Histoire Je ne veux condamner personne, ô sombre histoire. Le vainqueur est toujours traîné par sa victoire Au-delà de son but et de sa volonté ; Guerre civile ! ô deuil ! le vainqueur emporté Perd pied dans son triomphe et sombre en cette eau noire Qu’o... »

Luna – Victor Hugo

Luna – Victor Hugo

Luna O France, although you sleep We call you, we the forbidden! The shadows have ears, And the depths have cries. Bitter, glory-less despotism Over a discouraged people Closes a black thick grate Of error and prejudice; It locks up the loyal swarm Of firm thinkers, of heroes, But the Idea with the ... »

Serenade – Victor Hugo

Serenade – Victor Hugo

Serenade When the voice of thy lute at the eve Charmeth the ear, In the hour of enchantment believe What I murmur near. That the tune can the Age of Gold With its magic restore. Play on, play on, my fair one, Play on for evermore. When thy laugh like the song of the dawn Riseth so gay That the shado... »

Abîme – La Voie Lactée – Victor Hugo

Abîme – La Voie Lactée – Victor Hugo

Abîme – La Voie Lactée Millions, millions, et millions d’étoiles ! Je suis, dans l’ombre affreuse et sous les sacrés voiles, La splendide forêt des constellations. C’est moi qui suis l’amas des yeux et des rayons, L’épaisseur inouïe et morne des lumières, Encor to... »

Aucune Aile Ici-Bas N’est Pour Longtemps Posée – Victor Hugo

Aucune Aile Ici-Bas N’est Pour Longtemps Posée – Victor Hugo

Aucune Aile Ici-Bas N’Est Pour Longtemps Posée Aucune aile ici-bas n’est pour longtemps posée. Quand elle était petite, elle avait un oiseau ; Elle le nourrissait de pain et de rosée Et veillait sur son nid comme sur un berceau. Un soir il s’échappa. Que de plaintes amères ! Dans m... »

Chanson (L’ame En Fleur) – Victor Hugo

Chanson (L’ame En Fleur) – Victor Hugo

Chanson (L’Ame En Fleur) Si vous n’avez rien à me dire, Pourquoi venir auprès de moi ? Pourquoi me faire ce sourire Qui tournerait la tête au roi ? Si vous n’avez rien à me dire, Pourquoi venir auprès de moi ? Si vous n’avez rien à m’apprendre, Pourquoi me pressez-vous ... »