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Youth I (Jeunesse I)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

SUNDAY

All calculations put on one side, the inevitable descent from heaven, and the visiting of keepsakes and the seance of rhythms occupy the dwelling house, the head and the world of the spirit.

A horse scampers away on the suburban turf, past the tilled ground and the plantations, stung by the carbonic pest. Somewhere in the world a wretched woman of melodrama sighs for improbable romantic adventures. Desperadoes languish after thunder storms, drunkenness and wounds. Little children stifle curses on the river banks.

Let us take up our studies again to the sound of the devouring work which gathers together and reascends in the masses.


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