Au peuple

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



Il te ressemble ; il est terrible et pacifique.
Il est sous l'infini le niveau magnifique ;
Il a le mouvement, il a l'immensité.
Apaisé d'un rayon et d'un souffle agité,
Tantôt c'est l'harmonie et tantôt le cri rauque.
Les monstres sont à l'aise en sa profondeur glauque ;
La trombe y germe ; il a des gouffres inconnus
D'où ceux qui l'ont bravé ne sont pas revenus ;
Sur son énormité le colosse chavire ;
Comme toi le despote il brise le navire ;
Le fanal est sur lui comme l'esprit sur toi ;
Il foudroie, il caresse, et Dieu seul sait pourquoi ;
Sa vague, où l'on entend comme des chocs d'armures,
Emplit la sombre nuit de monstrueux murmures,
Et l'on sent que ce flot, comme toi, gouffre humain,
Ayant rugi ce soir, dévorera demain.
Son onde est une lame aussi bien que le glaive ;
Il chante un hymne immense à Vénus qui se lève ;
Sa rondeur formidable, azur universel,
Accepte en son miroir tous les astres du ciel ;
Il a la force rude et la grâce superbe ;
Il déracine un roc, il épargne un brin d'herbe ;
Il jette comme toi l'écume aux fiers sommets,
Ô peuple ; seulement, lui, ne trompe jamais
Quand, l'oeil fixe, et debout sur sa grève sacrée,
Et pensif, on attend l'heure de sa marée.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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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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