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Unfinished Poem in French Alexandrines

À la pornographie les beaux yeux bleus ravis
Se laissent attacher, et tuent son cœur gris ;
Son esprit engourdi d’extases dérangées
Faillit désapprouver le mal de ses pensées :
« Je vois que la raison cède à la violence, » *
Dit le jeune homme alors qu’il casse le silence.

Chasteté oubliée par la terre ignorante
Est-elle bien perdue, ou cachée impuissante ?

[To pornography the beautiful, delighted blue eyes
Let themselves attach, and they kill his grey heart;
His mind numb with deranged ecstasies
Almost disapproves of the evil of his thoughts:
“I see that reason cedes to violence,”
Says the sad young man as he breaks the silence.

Chastity forgotten by the unknowing earth
Is altogether lost, or hidden powerless?]

* From Jean Racine’s Phèdre, concerning the conquering power of love/lust.


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