Pasiphae

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



Tu gémis sur l'Ida, mourante, échevelée,
O reine! ô de Minos épouse désolée!
Heureuse si jamais, dans ses riches travaux,
Cérès n'eût pour le joug élevé des troupeaux!...
Tu voles épier sous quelle yeuse obscure,
Tranquille, il ruminait son antique pâture,
Quel lit de fleurs reçut ses membres nonchalants,
Quelle onde a ranimé l'albâtre de ses flancs.
'O nymphes, entourez, fermez, nymphes de Crète,
De ces vallons, fermez, entourez la retraite,
Si peut-être vers lui des vestiges épars
Ne viendront point guider mes pas et mes regards.'
Insensée! à travers ronces, forêts, montagnes,
Elle court. O fureur! dans les vertes campagnes,
Une belle génisse à son superbe amant
Adressait devant elle un doux mugissement.
'La perfide mourra. Jupiter la demande.'
Elle-même à son front attache la guirlande,
L'entraîne, et sur l'autel prenant le fer vengeur:
'Sois belle maintenant, et plais à mon vainqueur.'
Elle frappe, et sa haine, à la flamme lustrale,
Rit de voir palpiter le coeur de sa rivale.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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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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