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Oscar Wilde – Pan (Double Villanelle)

Reading Time: < 1 minute

I.

O GOAT-FOOT God of Arcady!
This modern world is grey and old,
And what remains to us of thee?

No more the shepherd lads in glee
Throw apples at thy wattled fold,
O goat-foot God of Arcady!

Nor through the laurels can one see
Thy soft brown limbs, thy beard of gold
And what remains to us of thee?

And dull and dead our Thames would be,
For here the winds are chill and cold,
O goat-loot God of Arcady!

Then keep the tomb of Helice,
Thine olive-woods, thy vine-clad wold,
And what remains to us of thee?

Though many an unsung elegy
Sleeps in the reeds our rivers hold,
O goat-foot God of Arcady!
Ah, what remains to us of thee?

II.

AH, leave the hills of Arcady,
Thy satyrs and their wanton play,
This modern world hath need of thee.

No nymph or Faun indeed have we,
For Faun and nymph are old and grey,
Ah, leave the hills of Arcady!

This is the land where liberty
Lit grave-browed Milton on his way,
This modern world hath need of thee!

A land of ancient chivalry
Where gentle Sidney saw the day,
Ah, leave the hills of Arcady!

This fierce sea-lion of the sea,
This England lacks some stronger lay,
This modern world hath need of thee!

Then blow some trumpet loud and free,
And give thine oaten pipe away,
Ah, leave the hills of Arcady!
This modern world hath need of thee!

Jules Janin – La double méprise

Reading Time: 40 minutes

– VOUS savez la vieille maxime : Les mariages se font dans le ciel. Il en est de ce proverbe comme de beaucoup d’autres proverbes que je n’ai jamais pu comprendre.

La sagesse des nations est embrouillée à faire peur ; on la  prendrait souvent pour un système de philosophie allemande appliqué à l’histoire. Voilà pourquoi j’estime beaucoup l’honnête Espagnol qui a le premier arrangé des variations sur les vieux proverbes. A force de vieillir, le thème était usé jusqu’à la corde. A mon sens il serait temps de faire quelques changements indispensables au proverbe dont je parle : Les mariages se Continua a leggere