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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X.  1876–79.
 
La Chaudeau
At La Chaudeau
Xavier Marmier (1808–1892)
 
Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

AT La Chaudeau, ’t is long since then,
I was young,—my years twice ten,—
All things smiled on the happy boy,
Dreams of love and songs of joy,
Azure of heaven, and wave below,        5
          At La Chaudeau.
 
To La Chaudeau I come back old,
My head is gray, my blood is cold,
Seeking along the meadow ooze,
Seeking beside the river Seymouse,        10
The days of my spring-time of long ago
          At La Chaudeau.
 
At La Chaudeau nor heart nor brain
Ever grows old with grief and pain;
A sweet remembrance keeps off age,        15
A tender friendship doth still assuage
The burden of sorrow that one may know
          At La Chaudeau.
 
At La Chaudeau, had fate decreed
To limit the wandering life I lead,        20
Peradventure I still forsooth
Should have preserved my fresh, green youth,
Under the shadows the hill-tops throw
          At La Chaudeau.
 
At La Chaudeau, live on, my friends,        25
Happy to be where God intends;
And sometimes by the evening fire
Think of him whose sole desire
Is again to sit in the old château
          At La Chaudeau.        30
 
 
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