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Le dernier adieu

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

Quand l'être cher vient d'expirer,
On sent obscurément la perte,
On ne peut pas encor pleurer :
La mort présente déconcerte ;

Et ni le lugubre drap noir,
Ni le dies irae farouche,
Ne donnent forme au désespoir :
La stupeur clôt l'âme et la bouche.

Incrédule à son propre deuil,
On regarde au fond de la tombe,
Sans rien comprendre à ce cercueil
Sonnant sous la terre qui tombe.

C'est aux premiers regards portés,
En famille, autour de la table,
Sur les sièges plus écartés,
Que se fait l'adieu véritable.

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Rene Francois Armand Prudhomme

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

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