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Pâles esprits, et vous ombres poudreuses

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

Pâles esprits, et vous ombres poudreuses,
Qui jouissant de la clarté du jour
Fîtes sortir cet orgueilleux séjour,
Dont nous voyons les reliques cendreuses :

Dites, esprits (ainsi les ténébreuses
Rives de Styx non passable au retour,
Vous enlaçant d'un trois fois triple tout,
N'enferment point vos images ombreuses),

Dites-moi donc (car quelqu'une de vous
Possible encor se cache ici dessous)
Ne sentez-vous augmenter votre peine,

Quand quelquefois de ces coteaux romains
Vous contemplez l'ouvrage de vos mains
N'être plus rien qu'une poudreuse plaine ?

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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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