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Dans l'alcôve sombre

Victor Hugo 1802 (Besançon) – 1885 (Paris)

Dans l'alcôve sombre,
Près d'un humble autel,
L'enfant dort à l'ombre
Du lit maternel.
Tandis qu'il repose,
Sa paupière rose,
Pour la terre close,
S'ouvre pour le ciel.

Il fait bien des rêves.
Il voit par moments
Le sable des grèves
Plein de diamants ;
Des soleils de flammes,
Et de belles dames
Qui portent des âmes
Dans leurs bras charmants.

Songe qui l'enchante !
Il voit des ruisseaux.
Une voix qui chante
Sort du fond des eaux.
Ses soeurs sont plus belles.
Son père est près d'elles.
Sa mère a des ailes
Comme les oiseaux.

IL voit mille choses
Plus belles encor ;
Des lys et des roses
Plein le corridor ;
Des lacs de délice
Où le poisson glisse,
Où l'onde se plisse
À des roseaux d'or !

Enfant, rêve encore !
Dors, ô mes amours !
Ta jeune âme ignore
Où s'en vont tes jours.
Comme une algue morte
Tu vas, que t'importe !
Le courant t'emporte,
Mais tu dors toujours !

Sans soin, sans étude,
Tu dors en chemin ;
Et l'inquiétude,
À la froide main,
De son ongle aride
Sur ton front candide
Qui n'a point de ride,
N'écrit pas : Demain !

Il dort, innocence !
Les anges sereins
Qui savent d'avance
Le sort des humains,
Le voyant sans armes,
Sans peur, sans alarmes,
Baisent avec larmes
Ses petites mains.

Leurs lèvres effleurent
Ses lèvres de miel.
L'enfant voit qu'ils pleurent
Et dit : Gabriel !
Mais l'ange le touche,
Et, berçant sa couche,
Un doigt sur sa bouche,
Lève l'autre au ciel !

Cependant sa mère,
Prompte à le bercer,
Croit qu'une chimère
Le vient oppresser.
Fière, elle l'admire,
L'entend qui soupire,
Et le fait sourire
Avec un baiser.
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Victor Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. During a literary career that spanned more than sixty years, he wrote abundantly in an exceptional variety of genres: lyrics, satires, epics, philosophical poems, epigrams, novels, history, critical essays, political speeches, funeral orations, diaries, letters public and private, and dramas in verse and prose. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is renowned for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages). Hugo was at the forefront of the Romantic literary movement with his play Cromwell and drama Hernani. Many of his works have inspired music, both during his lifetime and after his death, including the musicals Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris. He produced more than 4,000 drawings in his lifetime, and campaigned for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment. Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism; his work touched upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. His opposition to absolutism and his colossal literary achievement established him as a national hero. He was honoured by interment in the Panthéon. more…

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