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Ô qu'heureux est celui qui peut passer son âge

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

Ô qu'heureux est celui qui peut passer son âge
Entre pareils à soi ! et qui sans fiction,
Sans crainte, sans envie et sans ambition,
Règne paisiblement en son pauvre ménage !

Le misérable soin d'acquérir davantage
Ne tyrannise point sa libre affection,
Et son plus grand désir, désir sans passion,
Ne s'étend plus avant que son propre héritage.

Il ne s'empêche point des affaires d'autrui,
Son principal espoir ne dépend que de lui,
Il est sa cour, son roi, sa faveur et son maître.

Il ne mange son bien en pays étranger,
Il ne met pour autrui sa personne en danger,
Et plus riche qu'il est ne voudrait jamais être.

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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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