Painting – ‘Lonely man on a lonely walk’ by Bernard Frouchtben

Artful Writing

French Poem

 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…’




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