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(20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891 / Charleville, Ardennes)

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Morts De Quatre-Vingt-Douze (Dead Of '92)

Morts de Quatre-vingt-douze et de Quatre-vingt-treize,
Qui, pâles du baiser fort de la liberté,
Calmes, sous vos sabots, brisiez le joug qui pèse
Sur l'âme et sur le front de toute humanité ;

Hommes extasiés et grands dans la tourmente,
Vous dont les coeurs sautaient d'amour sous les haillons,
O Soldats que la Mort a semés, noble Amante,
Pour les régénérer, dans tous les vieux sillons ;

Vous dont le sang lavait toute grandeur salie,
Morts de Valmy, Morts de Fleurus, Morts d'Italie,
O million de Christs aux yeux sombres et doux ;

Nous vous laissions dormir avec la République,
Nous, courbés sous les rois comme sous une trique.
- Messieurs de Cassagnac nous reparlent de vous !

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Translation by A. S. Kline

You Dead of ninety-two and ninety-three,
Who, pale from the great kiss of Liberty,
Crushed, calm, beneath your wooden shoes
That yoke that weighs on human brows and souls:

Men exalted, great in agony,
You whose hearts raged with love, in misery,
O soldiers that Death, noble Lover, has sown
In all the old furrows, so they’ll be reborn:

You whose blood washed every soiled grandeur,
Dead of Valmy, Dead of Fleurus, Dead of Italy,
O millions of Christs with eyes gentle and sombre:

We’ve let you fall asleep with the Republic,
We, cowering under kings as if under blows.
– They’re telling tales of you so we’ll remember!

Submitted: Saturday, April 03, 2010


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