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A vingt ans

Rene Francois Armand Prudhomme 1839 (Paris) – 1907 (Châtenay-Malabry)

À vingt ans on a l'oeil difficile et très fier :
On ne regarde pas la première venue,
Mais la plus belle ! Et, plein d'une extase ingénue,
On prend pour de l'amour le désir né d'hier.

Plus tard, quand on a fait l'apprentissage amer,
Le prestige insolent des grands yeux diminue,
Et d'autres, d'une grâce autrefois méconnue,
Révèlent un trésor plus intime et plus cher.

Mais on ne fait jamais que changer d'infortune :
À l'âge où l'on croyait n'en pouvoir aimer qu'une,
C'est par elle déjà qu'on apprit à souffrir ;

Puis, quand on reconnaît que plus d'une est charmante,
On sent qu'il est trop tard pour choisir une amante
Et que le coeur n'a plus la force de s'ouvrir.

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Rene Francois Armand Prudhomme

René François Armand (Sully) Prudhomme was a French poet and essayist.  more…

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