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Si celui qui s'apprête à faire un long voyage

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

Si celui qui s'apprête à faire un long voyage
Doit croire celui-là qui a jà voyagé,
Et qui des flots marins longuement outragé,
Tout moite et dégouttant s'est sauvé du naufrage,

Tu me croiras, Ronsard, bien que tu sois plus sage,
Et quelque peu encor (ce crois-je) plus âgé,
Puisque j'ai devant toi en cette mer nagé,
Et que déjà ma nef découvre le rivage.

Donques je t'avertis que cette mer romaine,
De dangereux écueils et de bancs toute pleine,
Cache mille périls, et qu'ici bien souvent,

Trompé du chant pipeur des monstres de Sicile,
Pour Charybde éviter tu tomberas en Scylle,
Si tu ne sais nager d'une voile à tout vent.

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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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