A qui donc sommes-nous?

Victor Marie Hugo 1802 (Besançon) – 1885 (Paris)



A qui donc sommes-nous ? Qui nous a ? qui nous mène ?
Vautour fatalité, tiens-tu la race humaine ?
Oh ! parlez, cieux vermeils,
L'âme sans fond tient-elle aux étoiles sans nombre ?
Chaque rayon d'en haut est-il un fil de l'ombre
Liant l'homme aux soleils ?

Est-ce qu'en nos esprits, que l'ombre a pour repaires,
Nous allons voir rentrer les songes de nos pères ?
Destin, lugubre assaut !
O vivants, serions-nous l'objet d'une dispute ?
L'un veut-il notre gloire, et l'autre notre chute ?
Combien sont-ils là-haut ?

Jadis, au fond du ciel, aux yeux du mage sombre,
Deux joueurs effrayants apparaissaient dans l'ombre.
Qui craindre? qui prier ?
Les Manès frissonnants, les pâles Zoroastres
Voyaient deux grandes mains qui déplaçaient les astres
Sur le noir échiquier.

Songe horrible! le bien, le mal, de cette voûte
Pendent-ils sur nos fronts ? Dieu, tire-moi du doute!
O sphinx, dis-moi le mot !
Cet affreux rêve pèse à nos yeux qui sommeillent,
Noirs vivants! heureux ceux qui tout à coup s'éveillent
Et meurent en sursaut !

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme AABCCB BBDDDD CCCBBC ADDDDD
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
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Words 163
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6

Victor Marie Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831. Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed; he became a passionate supporter of republicanism, and his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time. He was buried in the Panthéon. more…

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