Oui, je suis revenu sous la fenêtre aimée,
Dérobée à moitié sous les grands arbres verts,
Où, pour ouïr du soir les murmures divers,
Vous penchiez si souvent votre tête charmée.

Les oiseaux gazouillaient dans les sentiers couverts ;
Les fleurs ouvraient au vent leur corolle embaumée ;
Et, saluant de loin la fenêtre fermée,
Je m'arrêtai pensif pour crayonner ces vers.

La brise au vol serein jouait dans les ramilles ;
D'âcres senteurs montaient des épaisses charmilles ;
Le Couchant teignait d'or le front de la villa ;

Et, cependant, malgré ces splendeurs réunies,
Ces rayons, ces parfums, ces fleurs, ces harmonies,
Le deuil planait partout, car vous n'étiez plus là !
(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...

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John Fuller is an English poet and author, and Fellow Emeritus at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Fuller was born in Ashford, Kent, England, the son of poet and Oxford Professor Roy Fuller, and educated at St Paul's School and New College, Oxford. He began teaching in 1962 at the State University...
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One Joseph 'Rudy' Julian,
A World War Two Marine,
Was killed on Iwo Jima in a
A most heroic scene.

On Iwo Jima, forty-five,
Where three Marine Divisions fought,
The enemy vowed kill ten of us
Before each being caught.

The nineteenth day of...
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