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Beaten Tracks (Ornières)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

On the right the summer dawn wakes the leaves, the mists and the sounds in this corner of the park. The slopes on the left clasp in their purple shade the myriad deep-cut tracks of the damp highway. A procession from fairyland passes by. There are chariots loaded with animals of gilded wood, with masts and canvas painted in many colours, drawn by twenty galloping piebald circus-ponies; and children, and men on most astonishing beasts; there are twenty vehicles, embossed, and decked with flags and flowers like coaches of bygone days, or coaches out of a fairy-tale; they are full of children dressed up for a suburban pastoral. There are even coffins under their night-dark canopies and sable plumes, drawn by trotting mares, blue and black.

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