Is there anything in literature to rival it? Is it not worth many pages of so-called scientific writing? Dr. Nordau confesses: "Even if literally translated there remains something of the melancholy magic of the lines, which in French are so rhythmical and full of music." Then there is the poem in La Bonne Chanson beginning:
Drink was Verlaine's besetting sin. This habit he formed early in life. Writing of drunkenness in his Confessions, he says : "This absinthe! What horror, when I think of those days (his early manhood) . . . and of time not so remote . . . I repeat in all shame I shall have later to tell of many absurdities (and worse) due to the abuse of this horrible drink; this abuse itself, source of folly and of crime, of idiocies and of shame. The governments should suppress this absinthe — and why not?"
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