Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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Quoique le jour de ma destinee fut arrive,
Et que l'etoile de mon destin fut sur son declin,
Ton tendre coeur a refuse de decouvrir
Les fautes que tant d'autres ont su trouver;
Quoique ton ame fut familiarisee avec mon chagrin,
Elle n'a pas craint de le partager avec moi,
Et l'amour que mon esprit s'etait fait en peinture,
Je ne l'ai jamais trouve qu'en _toi_.

Quand la nature sourit autour de moi,
Le seul sourire qui reponde au mien,
Je ne crois pas qu'il soit trompeur,
Parce qu'il me rappelle le tien;
Et quand les vents sont en guerre avec l'ocean,
Comme les coeurs auxquels je croyais le sont avec moi,
Si les vagues qu'ils soulevent excitent une emotion,
C'est parce qu'elles me portent loin de _toi_.

Quoique le roc de mon esperance soit fracasse,
Et que ses debris soient engloutis dans la vague,
Quoique je sente que mon ame est livree
A la douleur--elle ne sera pas son esclave.
Mille angoisses peuvent me poursuivre;
Elles peuvent m'ecraser, mais non me mepriser--
Elles peuvent me torturer, mais non me soumettre--
C'est a _toi_ que je pense--non a elles.

Quoique humaine, tu ne m'as pas trompe;
Quoique femme, tu ne m'as point delaisse;
Quoique aimee, tu as craint de m'affliger;
Quoique calomniee, jamais tu ne t'es laissee ebranler;
Quoique ayant ma confiance, tu ne m'as jamais renie;
Si tu t'es separee de moi, ce n'etait pas pour fuir;
Si tu veillas sur moi, ce n'etait pas pour me diffamer;
Si tu restas muette, ce n'etait pas pour donner au monde
le droit de me condamner.

Cependant je ne blame pas le monde, ni ne le meprise,
Pas plus que la guerre declaree par tous a un seul.
Si mon ame n'etait pas

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