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La France

Guillaume Apollinaire 1880 (Rome) – 1918 (Paris)

Poète honore-là
  Souci de la Beauté non souci de la Gloire
  Mais la Perfection n'est-ce pas la Victoire
  Ô poètes des temps à venir ô chanteurs
  Je chante la beauté de toutes nos douleurs
  J'en ai saisi des traits mais vous saurez bien mieux
  Donner un sens sublime aux gestes glorieux
  Et fixer la grandeur de ces trépas pieux
  L'un qui détend son corps en jetant des grenades
  L'autre ardent à tirer nourrit les fusillades
  L'autre les bras ballants porte des seaux de vin
  Et le prêtre-soldat dit le secret divin

  J'interprète pour tous la douceur des trois notes
  Que lance un loriot canon quand tu sanglotes

  Qui donc saura jamais que de fois j'ai pleuré
  Ma génération sur ton trépas sacré

  Prends mes vers ô ma France Avenir Multitude
  Chantez ce que je chante un chant pur le prélude
  Des chants sacrés que la beauté de notre temps
  Saura vous inspirer plus purs plus éclatants
  Que ceux que je m'efforce à moduler ce soir
  En l'honneur de l'Honneur la beauté du Devoir

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Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire was an Italian-born French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic born in Rome, in Italy, to a Polish mother. more…

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