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Royalty (Royauté)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

On a beautiful morning, in a country inhabited by a mild and gentle people, a man and woman of proud presence stood in the public square and cried aloud: 'My friends, it is my wish that she should be queen.' She laughed and trembled. To his friends he spoke of a revelation, of a test concluded. Swooningly they leaned one against the other.

And during one whole morning, whilst the crimson hangings were displayed on the houses, and during the whole afternoon, while they advanced towards the palm gardens, they were indeed kings.


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