Toi dont l'aile plana sur notre aurore, ô France !
Toi qui de l'idéal connais tous les chemins !
Toi dont le nom, fanfare aux éclats surhumains,
De tout peuple opprimé sonne la délivrance !

Terre aux grands deuils suivis d'éclatants lendemains !
Noble Gaule, pays de l'antique vaillance,
Qui sus toujours unir, merveilleuse alliance,
Au pur esprit des Grecs, l'orgueil des vieux Romains !

Toi qui portes au front Paris, l'auguste étoile
Qui de l'humanité dirige au loin la voile,
Nous, tes fils éloignés, nous t'aimons, tu le sais !

Nous acclamons ta gloire et pleurons tes défaites…
Mais c'est en écoutant le chant de tes poètes
Que nous sentons surtout battre nos cœurs français !
(1874)


About Louis Honoré Fréchette


Louis-Honoré Fréchette, was a Canadian poet, politician, playwright, and short story writer.Born in Lévis, Lower Canada, from 1854 to 1860 Fréchette did his classical studies at the Séminaire de Québec, the Collège de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière and at the Séminaire de Nicolet. He later studied law at Université Laval. In 1864, he opened a lawyer's office in Lévis where he founded two newspapers: Le drapeau de Lévis and La Tribune de Levis. He exiled himself in Chicago where he wrote La voix d'un exilé. A number of plays which he wrote during that period were lost in the Great Chicago Fire. Soon... Read more...

Poet of the day

George Essex Evans was an Australian poet.

Biography

Evans was born in London on 18 June 1863. Both his parents were Welsh. Evans's father, John Evans, Q.C., died in 1864 when Evans was only a few months old. John Evans, who was the Treasurer of the Inner Temple and a...
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In o'er-strict calyx lingering,
Lay music's bud too long unblown,
Till thou, Beethoven, breathed the spring:
Then bloomed the perfect rose of tone.

O Psalmist of the weak, the strong,
O Troubadour of love and strife,
Co-Litanist of right and wrong,
Sole Hymner of...
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