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L'innocence

Language: French (Fran├žais)

Fille du ciel, aimable innocence,
Si j'osais de quelques-uns de tes traits 
essayer une faible peinture,
Je dirais que tu tiens lieu de vertu à l'enfance,
De sagesse au printemps de la vie,
De beauté à la vieillesse 
et de bonheur à l'infortune ;
Qu'étrangère à nos erreurs, 
tu ne verses que des larmes pures,
Et que ton sourire n'a rien que de céleste.
Belle innocence ! Mais quoi ! les dangers t'environnent,
L'envie t'adresse tous ses traits : 
trembleras-tu, modeste innocence ?
Chercheras-tu à te dérober 
aux périls qui te menacent ?
Non, je te vois debout, endormie, 
la tête appuyée sur un autel.


Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John Wagstaff) , title 1: "Innocence", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2009-07-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:17
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Word count: 105

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