Le temple de Gnide

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Co-author: Baron Montesquieu
Published: 1824
Language: French
Wordcount: 13,877 / 50 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 431
Added to site: 2008.01.13
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e peuple heureux à sa vue, qu'il ne sent plus cette horreur sacrée qu'inspire la présence des dieux. Quelquefois elle se couvre d'un nuage, et on la reconnaît à l'odeur divine qui sort de ses cheveux parfumés d'ambroisie.

La ville est au milieu d'une contrée sur laquelle les dieux ont versé leurs bienfaits à pleines mains: on y jouit d'un printemps éternel; la terre, heureusement fertile, y prévient tous les souhaits; les troupeaux y paissent sans nombre, les vents semblent n'y régner que pour répandre partout l'esprit des fleurs: les oiseaux y chantent sans cesse; vous diriez que les bois sont harmonieux: les ruisseaux murmurent dans les plaines: une chaleur douce fait tout éclore; l'air ne s'y respire qu'avec la volupté.

Auprès de la ville est le palais de Vénus. Vulcain lui-même en a bâti les fondemens; il travailla pour son infidèle quand il voulut lui fair

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