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Childhood III (Enfance III)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

In the wood there is a bird; his song checks you and makes you blush.

There is a clock which does not strike the hour.

There is a bog in which is a nest of white beasts.

There is a cathedral which comes down, and a lake which goes up.

There is a little carriage standing forsaken in the underwood; or it comes down the path at a run, decked with ribbons.

There is a troupe of little actors in costume; one just sees them on the road which skirts the wood.

And last of all, if you are hungry or thirsty there is someone who chases you.


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