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Love and Labour (Dèlires II. Alchimie de verbe)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1873); translated by William John Robertson (1895).

Please note: This is an excerpt from Dèlires II. Alchimie de verbe.

Four on the clock of a summer morn.
The sleep of Love still overpowers.
An odour, of festal evenings born,
Evaporates from the bowers.

In the world's vast workshop, ere the sun
Hesperidéan islands leaves,
The Carpenter, to work begun,
Is astir — in his shirt-sleeves — .

In virgin Wastes, with moss o'ergrown,
His craft he calmly plies
On precious panels, which the town
Will dabble with false skies.

O charm of the Labourers led in file
When a king in Babylon rose supreme!
Venus! leave thy Lovers awhile
With souls in a crownëd dream!

Queen of the Shepherds, bring
To the husbandmen barley-bree,
Their strength in peace replenishing
Before the bath in the noonday sea!


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