Épitaphe

written by Jean Antoine de Baif

Épitaphe

— Jean Antoine de Baif

(écrit après la Saint-Barthélemy)

Pauvres Cors où logeoyent ces esprits turbulans,
Naguieres la terreur des Princes de la terre,
Mesmes contre le ciel osans faire la guerre,
Deloiaux, obstinez, pervers et violans :

Aujourdhuy le repas des animaux volans
Et rampans charogniers, et de ces vers qu'enserre
La puante voirie, et du peuple qui erre
Sous les fleuves profonds en la mer se coulans :

Pauvres Cors, reposez, si vos malheureux os,
Nerfs et veines et chair, sont dignes de repos,
Qui ne purent soufrir le repos en la France.

Esprits dans les carfours toutes les nuits criez :
O Mortels avertis et voiez et croiez,
Que le forfait retarde et ne fuit la vengeance.

About the poet


Jean Antoine de Baif

Jean Antoine de Baïf was a French poet and member of the Pléiade. Life He was born in Venice, the natural son of the scholar Lazare de Baïf, who was at that time French ambassador at Venice. Thanks, perhaps, to the surroundings of his childhood, he grew up an enthusiast for the fine arts, and surpassed in zeal all the leaders of the Renaissance in France. His father spared no pains to secure the best possible education for his son. The boy was taught Latin by Charles Estienne, and Greek by Ange Vergèce, the Cretan scholar and calligraphist who designed Greek types for Francis I. When he was eleven years old he was put under the...

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