Category Archives: Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885 / Besancon / France)

A French Poet, Novelist, Dramatist

Poem – A Song

Sitting at His table one day, God and the devil a game did play; Hated humanity was at stake; Well, the first picked Bonaparte; The other drew, and for his part, ‘Twas Mastai that he did take. Impoverished abbey, thin … Continue reading

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Poem – June Nights

In summer, when day has fled, the plain covered with flowers Pours out far away an intoxicating scent; Eyes shut, ears half open to noises, We only half sleep in a transparent slumber. The stars are purer, the shade seems … Continue reading

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Poem – Letter

You can see it already: chalks and ochers; Country crossed with a thousand furrow-lines; Ground-level rooftops hidden by the shrubbery; Sporadic haystacks standing on the grass; Smoky old rooftops tarnishing the landscape; A river (not Cayster or Ganges, though: A … Continue reading

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Poem – A Sunset

I love the evenings, passionless and fair, I love the evens, Whether old manor-fronts their ray with golden fulgence leavens, In numerous leafage bosomed close; Whether the mist in reefs of fire extend its reaches sheer, Or a hundred sunbeams … Continue reading

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The Portrait of a Child- Victor Marie Hugo

That brow, that smile, that cheek so fair, Beseem my child, who weeps and plays: A heavenly spirit guards her ways, From whom she stole that mixture rare. Through all her features shining mild, The poet sees an angel there, … Continue reading

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The Quiet Rural Church – Victor Marie Hugo

It was a humble church, with arches low, The church we entered there, Where many a weary soul since long ago Had past with plaint or prayer. Mournful and still it was at day’s decline, The day we entered there; … Continue reading

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The Retreat From Moscow – Victor Marie Hugo

It snowed. A defeat was our conquest red! For once the eagle was hanging its head. Sad days! the Emperor turned slowly his back On smoking Moscow, blent orange and black. The water burst, avalanche-like, to reign Over the endless … Continue reading

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