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Mon Visage Est Fletri

Andre Marie de Chenier 1762 (Constantinople) – 1794 (Paris)



Mon visage est flétri des regards du soleil.
Mon pied blanc sous la ronce est devenu vermeil.
J'ai suivi tout le jour le fond de la vallée;
Des bêlements lointains partout m'ont appelée.
J'ai couru: tu fuyais sans doute loin de moi:
C'étaient d'autres pasteurs. Où te chercher, ô toi
Le plus beau des humains? Dis-moi, fais-moi connaître
Où sont donc tes troupeaux, où tu les mènes paître,
Pour que je cesse enfin de courir sur les pas
Des troupeaux étrangers que tu ne conduis pas.

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Andre Marie de Chenier

André Marie Chénier was a French poet of Greek and Franco-Levantine origin, associated with the events of the French Revolution of which he was a victim. His sensual, emotive poetry marks him as one of the precursors of the Romantic movement. His career was brought to an abrupt end when he was guillotined for supposed "crimes against the state", just three days before the end of the Reign of Terror. Chénier's life has been the subject of Umberto Giordano's opera Andrea Chénier and other works of art. more…

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