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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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;…

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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…

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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…

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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 ?…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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