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Accueillez l'immortel enfant

Antoine-Vincent Arnault 1766 (Paris) – 1834 (Goderville)

Accueillez l'immortel enfant
D'une muse un peu libertine ;
Un philosophe qui badine
Nous instruit en nous amusant.

Par une hypocrite cabale
L'honneur du beau sexe outragé,
Sous le fer d'un héros vengé,
N'est-ce pas là de la morale ?

Le père des inquisiteurs
Prêche aux damnés la tolérance :
Ah ! que n'a-t-il pour auditeurs
Tous nos fanatiques de France !

Et nos porteurs de capuchon,
Gens aussi vains qu'insatiables,
Que ne sont-ils à tous les diables,
Avec le père Gris-Bourdon !

Peut-être plus d'une peinture
Blesserait vos yeux délicats,
Si Vénus était sans appas
Pour être parfois sans ceinture.

Un grison trouve à ses discours
Jeanne et les Amours favorables ;
Que de belles ont tous les jours
Des caprices moins excusables !

Du génie et de l'enjouement,
La Pucelle pour héroïne ;
Tous ces objets, je l'imagine,
Sont de votre département.
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Antoine-Vincent Arnault

Antoine-Vincent Arnault (1 January 1766 – 16 September 1834) was a French playwright. Arnault was born in Paris. His first play, Marius à Minturne (1791), immediately established his reputation. A year later he followed with a second republican tragedy, Lucrèce. Arnault left France during the Reign of Terror, but on his return, he was arrested by the revolutionary authorities. He was freed through the intervention of Fabre d'Églantine and others. He was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797 with the organization of the French rule in the Ionian Islands, and was nominated to the Institute and made secretary general of the university. Arnault was faithful to his patron through his misfortunes, and after the Hundred Days remained in exile until 1819. Arnault died at Goderville. more…

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