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Quand je vois ces messieurs, desquels l'autorité

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

Quand je vois ces messieurs, desquels l'autorité
Se voit ores ici commander en son rang,
D'un front audacieux cheminer flanc à flanc,
Il me semble de voir quelque divinité.

Mais les voyant pâlir lorsque Sa Sainteté
Crache dans un bassin, et d'un visage blanc
Cautement épier s'il y a point de sang,
Puis d'un petit souris feindre une sûreté

O combien (dis-je alors) la grandeur que je voy
Est misérable au prix de la grandeur d'un Roi !
Malheureux qui si cher achète tel honneur.

Vraiment le fer meurtrier et le rocher aussi
Pendent bien sur le chef de ces seigneurs ici,
Puisque d'un vieux filet dépend tout leur bonheur

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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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