Les vaines tendresses

Études et Portraits littéraires, premier série

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Author: Sully Prudhomme
Published: 1875
Language: French
Wordcount: 12,477 / 51 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 325
Added to site: 2006.03.05
mnybks.net#: 12915
Genre: Poetry
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grave; caresser,
L'Épousée au front diaphane,
Lis pur qu'un rien ternit et fane,
Lis tendre qu'un rien peut froisser,
Que nul homme ne peut presser,
Sans remords, sur son coeur profane.

La main digne de l'approcher
N'est pas la main rude qui brise
L'innocence qu'elle a surprise
Et se fait jeu d'effaroucher,
Mais la main qui semble toucher
Au blanc voile comme une brise;

La lèvre qui la doit baiser
N'est pas la lèvre véhémente,
Effroi d'une novice amante
Qui veut le respect pour oser,
Mais celle qui se vient poser
Comme une ombre d'abeille errante.

Et les bras faits pour l'embrasser,
Ne sont pas les bras dont l'étreinte
Laisse une impérieuse empreinte
Au corps qu'ils aiment à lasser,
Mais ceux qui savent l'enlacer
Comme une onde où l'on dort sans crainte.

L'hymen doit la discipliner
Sans lire sur son front un blâme,
Et le

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