Victor-Marie Hugo

A Simile.

Victor Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo] (listen); 7 Ventôse year X (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,…

("Soyez comme l'oiseau.")
[XXXIII. vi.]

Thou art like the bird
That alights and sings
Though the frail spray bends -
For he knows he has wings.