Octave Cremazie

(16 April, 1827 – 16 January, 1879) / Canada)

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Octave Crémazie (April 16, 1827 – January 16, 1879) was a French Canadian poet. He has been called "the father of French Canadian poetry" for his patriotic verse, often rhetorical in style, celebrating such subjects as Montcalm's defence of Fort Carillon in "Le drapeau de Carillon". Other poems include "Le vieux soldat canadien" and the unfinished "Promenade des trois morts".

A statue depicting a French Canadian soldier can be found at Square St. Louis (Montréal, Rue de Malines and St. Denis) with Crémazie's name across the top and the years 1827-1879 (his years of birth and death). Underneath the soldier are the words "Pour mon drapeau... more »

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La Paix

Adieu, chants de combat, adieu, cris de victoire,
Récits éblouissants d'une héroïque histoire,
Que les âges futurs nommeront fabuleux !
Adieu, bouches de feu vomissant la mitraille,
Glaives qui rayonnez, quand gronde la bataille,
Comme des éclairs lumineux !

Hier, on entendait la trompette d'alarmes,
La plainte des blessés, le cliquetis des armes,
Le clairon du zouave et le cri des spahis ;
Hier, comme un héros d'une antique épopée,
Brillait du fier pacha la formidable épée,
Étincelante de rubis.

Hier, les lourds canons, épouvantant la ...

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