During his enforced sojourn at Mons the poet's fourth volume, the Romances Sans Paroles (Romances Without Words) was printed by his friend Lepelletier. This exquisite collection of poems was unnoticed by the press. Verlaine was tabooed in Paris. His name was synonymous with shame.
We find him back in Paris the following year, in company with his mother, who forgave him everything, but the poor woman, worn with sorrow, did not long survive, dying in January, 1886. The poet was now alone. He was ruined in finances, and his health was rapidly failing. Attacked with gout, his muscles atrophied, and his joints grew stiff. He could hardly walk. His last cent spent, he became an object of charity. With each recurring attack of rheumatism, the Municipality sent him to some hospital, so that practically the last years of his life were spent in the charity wards of these institutions. He had become famous, and as "Poor Lelain" filled much space in the papers. During one of his periods of convalescence he made a lecturing tour through Belgium, where he was everywhere received with becoming deference.
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