Painting – ‘Lonely man on a lonely walk’ by Bernard Frouchtben
Tomorrow, at dawn by Victor Hugo
Tomorrow, at dawn, at the hour when the countryside whitens, I will depart. You see, I know you wait for me. I will go through the forest and over the mountains. I cannot stay far from you any longer.
I will trudge on, my eyes fixed on my thoughts, ignoring everything around me, without hearing a sound. Alone, unknown, back stooped, hands crossed, saddened, and the day will be like night for me.
I will neither see the golden glow of the falling evening, nor the sails going down to Harfleur in the distance, and when I arrive, I will place on your tomb a bouquet of green holly and flowering heather.
…This poem was first released in 1856 in Hugo’s collection entitled ‘Les Contemplations…’