Alphonse Lamartine extract

John_Everett_Millais_-_Ophelia_-_Google_Art_ProjectLe Lac (translation)

“O time! Suspend your flight, and you, happy hours,
Suspend your race:
Let us savour the fleeting delights
of our fairest days!

“There are enough unfortunates here below who implore you,
to rush, rush for them;
Take with their days the cares that devour them,
Forget the fortunate.

“But I ask in vain for a few more moments,
Time escapes me and flees;
I say to this night: Be slower; and dawn
comes to melt the night.

“Let us love then, let us love! In the flying hour,
Hurry, let us revel”
Man has no harbour, Time has no shore;
It flows, and we pass on!”


picture: Ophelia by John Everett Millais (1852)



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