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Comme on passe en été le torrent sans danger,

Joachim du Bellay 1525 (Liré) – 1560 (Paris)

Comme on passe en été le torrent sans danger,
Qui soulait en hiver être roi de la plaine,
Et ravir par les champs d'une fuite hautaine
L'espoir du laboureur et l'espoir du berger :

Comme on voit les couards animaux outrager
Le courageux lion gisant dessus l'arène,
Ensanglanter leurs dents, et d'une audace vaine
Provoquer l'ennemi qui ne se peut venger :

Et comme devant Troie on vit des Grecs encor
Braver les moins vaillants autour du corps d'Hector :
Ainsi ceux qui jadis soulaient, à tête basse,

Du triomphe romain la gloire accompagner,
Sur ces poudreux tombeaux exercent leur audace,
Et osent les vaincus les vainqueurs dédaigner.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Joachim du Bellay

Joachim du Bellay was a French poet, critic, and a member of the Pléiade. more…

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