Paul Valery

(1871 - 1945 / Sete / France)

Paul Valery Poems

1. The Steps 4/14/2010
2. Les Pas 1/1/2004
3. The Graveyard By The Sea 4/14/2010
Best Poem of Paul Valery

The Graveyard By The Sea

This quiet roof, where dove-sails saunter by,
Between the pines, the tombs, throbs visibly.
Impartial noon patterns the sea in flame --
That sea forever starting and re-starting.
When thought has had its hour, oh how rewarding
Are the long vistas of celestial calm!
What grace of light, what pure toil goes to form
The manifold diamond of the elusive foam!
What peace I feel begotten at that source!
When sunlight rests upon a profound sea,
Time's air is sparkling, dream is certainty --
Pure artifice both of an eternal Cause.

Sure treasure, simple shrine to ...

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