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PIERRE JEAN DE BERANGER
French poet
(1780 - 1857)

A man's reception depends upon his coat; his dismissal upon the wit he shows.
      - [Society]

Glory is a shroud that posterity often tears from the shoulders of those who wore it when living.
      - [Glory]

In spite of their hats being very ugly, Goddam! I love the English.
  [Fr., Quoique leurs chapeaux sont bien laids,
    Goddam! j'aime les anglais.]
      - [England]

Many have lived on a pedestal who will never have a statue when dead.
      - [Fame]

Our century is a brutal thinker.
      - [Thought]

Paradise is open to all kind hearts.
      - [Kindness]

To excel is to live.
      - [Excellence]

When in our days Religion is made a political engine, she exposes herself to having her sacred character forgotten. The most tolerant become intolerant towards her. Believers, who believe something else besides what she teaches, retaliate by attacking her in the very sanctuary itself.
      - [Religion]

Old age doth in sharp pains abound;
  We are belabored by the gout,
    Our blindness is a dark profound,
      Our deafness each one laughs about.
        Then reason's light with falling ray
          Doth but a trembling flicker cast.
            Honor to age, ye children pay!
              Alas! my fifty years are past!
      - Cinquante Ans. [Age]

Adieu! 'tis love's last greeting,
  The parting hour is come!
    And fast thy soul is fleeting
      To seek its starry home.
      - L'Adieu, free translation [Parting]

Our friends, the enemy.
  [Fr., Nos amis, les ennemis.]
      - L'Opinion de ces Demoiselles [Enemies]

Each year his mighty armies marched forth in gallant show,
  Their enemies were targets, their bullets they were tow.
      - Le Roi d'Yvetor,
        (translation by Thackeray "The King of Brentford")
        [Soldiers]

And in the years he reigned; through all the country wide,
  There was no cause for weeping, save when the good man died.
    [Fr., Ce n'est que lorsqu'il expira
      Que le peuple, qui l'enterra pleura.]
      - Le Roi Yvetot,
        rendering of Thackeray's "King of Brentford"
        [Royalty]

Gaily! gaily! close our ranks!
  Arm! Advance!
    Hope of France!
      Gaily! gaily! closed our ranks!
        Onward! Onward! Gauls and Franks!
      - Les Gaulois et Francois,
        (C.L. Bett's translation) [War]

Ye Gods! but she is wondrous fair!
  For me her constant flame appears;
    The garland she hath culled, I wear
      On brows bald since my thirty years.
        Ye veils that deck my loved one rare,
          Fall, for the crowning triumph's nigh.
            Ye Gods! but she is wondrous fair!
              And I, so plain a man am I!
      - Qu'elle est jolie [Beauty]

In Paris a queer little man you may see,
  A little man all in gray;
    Rosy and round as an apple is he,
      Content with the present whate'er it may be,
        While from care and from cash he is equally free,
          And merry both night and day!
            "Ma foi! I laugh at the world," says he,
              "I laugh at the world, and the world laughs at me!"
                What a gay little man in gray.
      - The Little Man all in Gray,
        (translation by Amelia B. Edwards)
        [Contentment]


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