Theodore Aubanel

(1829-1886 / France)

Theodore Aubanel
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Théodore Aubanel (Occitan: Teodòr Aubanèu) (March 26, 1829 – 1886) was a Provencal poet. He was born in Avignon in a family of painters.

Aubanel started writing poetry in French but quickly switched to Provençal, due to the influence of Joseph Roumanille. He is known primarily for La Miougrano entreduberto (1860, The Split Pomegranate) and Li Fiho d'Avignoun (1885, The Young Ladies of Avignon), two collections of lyric poems. more »

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The Mirror

Oh, long ago she dwelt
In this gay little room
How shall I find my flower
Here where she used to bloom?
O longing, thirsting eyes,
Pursue the dear surprise:
Mirror, thou know'st her well
Work thou some magic spell
And bring her back!

Here, when the morn was bright,
She bathed her lovely face,
Her little hands she bathed,
And clad herself with grace.
Between lips glad with song
Her teeth shone, white and strong:
Mirror, thou know'st her well
Work thou some magic spell
To bring her back!

So innocent, so blithe,
Yet ...

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