Alphonse de Lamartine
Alphonse de Lamartine Poems
- The Butterfly Coming with the daffodils and dying with the ...
- Invocation Oh you who appeared to me in this desert of a ...
- The West The sea grew silent like a seething bowl That falls...
- Memory and Hope I rebehold you, O belovéd Dead About these ...
- The Lake Thus ever drawn toward far shores uncharted, Into ...
Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine (French: [alfɔ̃s də lamaʁtin]; 21 October 1790 – 28 February 1869) was a French writer, poet and politician who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic and the continuation of the Tricolore as the flag of France. more »
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Coming with the daffodils and dying with the roses,
Wafted by the zephyr's wing athwart the spaces high,
Lurking in the flower's bloom or e'er its breast uncloses,
Reeling with sweet draughts of scent, and light, and deep blue sky;
Shaking wide its dusty wings and like the breezes breasting
Burdenless and innocent the sky's eternal steep:-
Thus doth fare the butterfly like hope that never resting,
Rifles all but cannot quench desire that ever questing,
Bears it home to heaven again for lasting joy and deep.
translated by Wilfrid Thorley