The Complete Writings of Alfred de Musset, Volume 10

The Complete Writings of Alfred de Musset, Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 2012-03-06 edition. Excerpt: ...ter's hand. Indeed, though loving not, if one is bold, I-Ie pleases them. So dear is courage then, They love a war to get a conqueror. Believe me, I have known them variable. They say no two leaves ever are alike, Or two hearts made the same; I'll promise you That, in seducing one, the world's seduced. One has flat feet, the other a plump leg, But, for the genus, it will never change. Say, have you seen an English steeplechase? They take four thoroughbreds, by riders driven; The course is shown them, and they're told to go! The thing is to arrive, no matter how, Whether in ravine, or on a beaten track. This one will win, should he not meet a stream, The other wins if he'll not break his neck. Love, Silvio, is but a test of strength; You have to reach the goal, which is the woman. Of torrent have a care, beware of rock; Do what you will, the goal's immovable. But know you're taking all your pains for naught, If you but keep your place and cry aloud, " I love thee, goal! Come to me, or I die." Silvio. I feel the truth of this your parable, But, if I have no skill by words to win, What could I do of worth, when action comes? The real world for me a fiction is Like to a mandolin on cushion laid, That some one has forgotten; so am I: It holds within a language that's divine, But if the master sleeps, who hears its spell? Laertes. Therefore do you attend to what I say: A husband, if received from father's hand, Is, for a tender maid, but sorry fare; Then is the wedding-ring a gilded snake. 'Tis in the summer nights, on ladder thin, A sword within his hand, in mantle dressed, A maiden of fifteen dreams of her love. She sees a hero ere she sees the man. A father's...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236829107
  • 9781236829108