La grecque poésie orgueilleuse se vante
Du los* qu'à son Homère Alexandre donna,
Et les vers que César de Virgile sonna,
La latine aujourd'hui les chante et les rechante.

La française qui n'est tant que ces deux savante,
Comme qui son Homère et son Virgile n'a,
Maintient que le laurier qui François couronna
Baste seul pour la rendre à tout jamais vivante.

Mais les vers qui l'ont mise encore en plus haut prix
Sont les vôtres, Madame, et ces divins écrits
Que mourant nous laissa la reine votre mère.

Ô poésie heureuse, et bien digne des rois,
De te pouvoir vanter des écrits navarrois,
Qui t'honorent trop plus qu'un Virgile ou Homère !


About Joachim Du Bellay


Joachim du Bellay was a French poet, critic, and a member of the Pléiade. Biography Joachim Du Bellay was born at the Château of La Turmelière, not far from Liré, near Angers, being the son of Jean du Bellay, Lord of Gonnor, first cousin of the cardinal Jean du Bellay and of Guillaume du Bellay. His mother was Renée Chabot, daughter of Perceval Chabot and heiress of La Turmelière (Plus me plaît le séjour qu'ont bâti mes aïeux). Both his parents died while he was still a child, and he was left to the guardianship of his elder brother, René... Read more...

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Richard Chenevix Trench was born on September 9, 1807, North Frederick Street, Dublin, Ireland. His father was Richard Trench, his mother Melesina, only grandchild and heiress of Richard Chenevix, Bishop of Waterford, and widow of Colonel St. George. Trench’s home in childhood was Elm Lodge, close to the village of...
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Poem of the day


I have come far enough
from where I was not before
to have seen the things
looking in at me from through the open door

and have walked tonight
by myself
to see the moonlight
and see it as trees

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