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Always the Young Strangers by Carl Sandburg

By Carl Sandburg

Born in 1878, Carl Sandburg grew with the United States. As a boy he performed, studied, and matured in Galesburg, Illinois. Sandburg's memory provides a nostalgic view of small-town existence and a useful viewpoint on American heritage. Index.

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Adieu, reflet perdu sur l'onde calme et close, Narcisse... ce n o m même est un tendre parfum A u cœur suave. Effeuille aux mânes du défunt Sur ce vide tombeau la funérale rose. Sois, ma lèvre, la rose effeuillant le baiser Q u i fasse un spectre cher lentement s'apaiser, Car la nuit parle à demi-voix, proche et lointaine, A u x calices pleins d'ombre et de sommeils légers. Mais la lune s'amuse aux myrtes allongés. Je t'adore, sous ces myrtes, ô l'incertaine Chair pour la solitude éclose tristement Q u i se mire dans le miroir au bois dormant.

Q u e de parfums voilés dispensent leurs doigts d'or ! Mais l'azur doux s'effeuille en ce bocage mort Et de l'eau mince luit à peine, reposée C o m m e un pâle trésor d'une antique rosée D ' o ù le silence en fleur m o n t e . . Encor les voici Mélodieuses fuir dans le bois éclairci. A u x calices aimés leurs mains sont gracieuses ; U n peu de lune dort sur leurs lèvres pieuses Et leurs bras merveilleux aux gestes endormis Aiment à dénouer sous les myrtes amis Leurs liens fauves et leurs caresses...

Je bois Ie vin celeste, et je caresse Le grain mysterieux de l'extreme hauteur. Je porte au sein brGlant ma lucide tendresse, Jejoue avec Ies feux de Γ antique inventeur; Mais Ie dieu par degres qui se desinteresse Dans la pourpre de Fair s'altere avec lenteur. Laissant dans Ie champ pur battre toute l'idee, Les travaux du couchant dans la sphere videe Connaissent sans oiseaux Ieur entiere grandeur. L'Ange frais de Toeil nu pressent dans sa pudeur, Haute nativite d'etoile elucidee, Un diamant agir qui berce la splendeur * 0 soir, tu viens epandre un delice tranquille, Horizon des sommeils, stupeur des coeurs pieux, Persuasive approche, insidieux reptile, Et rose que respire un mortel immobile Dont l'oeil dore s'engage aux promesses des cieux.

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