A Une Femme

Paul Verlaine

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To you these lines for the consoling grace
Of your great eyes wherein a soft dream shines,
For your pure soul, all-kind!--to you these lines
From the black deeps of mine unmatched distress.

'Tis that the hideous dream that doth oppress
My soul, alas! its sad prey ne'er resigns,
But like a pack of wolves down mad inclines
Goes gathering heat upon my reddened trace!

I suffer, oh, I suffer cruelly!
So that the first man's cry at Eden lost
Was but an eclogue surely to my cry!

And that the sorrows, Dear, that may have crossed
Your life, are but as swallows light that fly
--Dear!--in a golden warm September sky.

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  • leialuker4042

    Just read "A Une Femme" and I gotta say, it really touched me. The emotions evoked by this poet are so raw and relatable. I could feel the pain and longing in the words. Those lines abuot suffering really hit home 😢 It's amazing how a poem can bring forth so many emotions, making us feel a little less alone in the world. 🙌 Such a beautiful piece of work!