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La pierre du coq

Remy Belleau 1528 (Nogent-le-Rotrou) – 1577 (Paris)

Oyseau qui de garde fidelle
Dessillé fais la sentinelle
Sous le silence de la nuit,
Réveillant d'une voix hardie
La troupe de somme engourdie
Et de paresse, à ton haut bruit.

Oyseau à la creste pourprée
Compagnon de l'Aube dorée,
Trompete des feux du Soleil,
Qui te perches à la mesme heure
Qu'il plonge en mer sa cheveleure
Pour se rendre alaigre au travail.

N'estoit-ce assez que l'arrogance
De vostre oeil domtast la puissance
Et l'ire des Lyons plus fiers,
Sans que pour la vaillance acquerre
S'endurcist encor ceste pierre
Au ventre creux de vos gosiers ?

Tesmoin ce luteur indomtable,
Ce fort Milon inexpugnable,
Qui remparé de la vertu
De ceste pierre, pour sa gloire
A tousjours gaigné la victoire,
Quelque part qu'il ait combatu.

On dit plus, que cil qui la porte
A l'esprit net, la grace accorte
De bien dire, et qu'en rechaufant
La froide glace de son ame,
Des fieres rigueurs de sa Dame
En fin demeure triomphant.

Dedans la bouche elle modere
La soif qui bruslant nous altere :
Elle est noirastre, ou de couleur
De crystal : et point ne s'en treuve
Qui retienne plus qu'une febve
Ou de longueur ou de grosseur.

Fay que la race surnommée
De ton nom, dont la renommée
Est esparse par l'Univers,
N'altere jamais la puissance
Qu'elle a quise par sa vaillance,
Par force et par assauts divers.

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Remy Belleau

Remy Belleau was a poet of the French Renaissance. He is most known for his paradoxical poems of praise for simple things and his poems about precious stones. Remy was born in Nogent-le-Rotrou. A nobleman, he did his studies under Marc Antoine Muret and George Buchanan. As a student, he became friends with the young poets Jean de La Péruse, Étienne Jodelle, Jean de La Taille and Pierre de Ronsard and the latter incorporated Remy into the "La Pléiade", a group of revolutionary young poets. Belleau's first published poems were odes, les Petites Inventions, inspired by the ancient lyric Greek collection attributed to Anacreon and featuring poems of praise for such things as butterflies, oysters, cherries, coral, shadows, turtles. In the 1560s, Belleau tried his hand at a mixed verse and prose form modeled on the Italian pastoral Arcadia by Jacopo Sannazaro: this became La Bergerie, in which narration is interspersed with poems on love and the countryside. His last work, les Amours et nouveaux Eschanges des Pierres precieuses, is a poetic description of gems and their properties inspired by medieval and renaissance lapidary catalogues. He died in Paris. more…

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