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

Thou art, as yet, no further advanced than the temptation of Saint Anthony.

The sport of curtailed zeal, the habits of a puerile pride, despondency and fright.

But thou wilt set thyself to this work: all harmonic and architectural possibilities will arise around thy seat. Beings who are perfect, unforeseen, will offer themselves to thy experience. In thy neighbourhood the curiosity of ancient crowds and idle luxuries will flow dreamily. Thy memory and thy senses will be only the nourishment of thy creative impulse. As to the world, when thou comest out, what will it have become? In any case, there will be nothing left of its present appearances.


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