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Essays from the Chap-Book: Verlaine: A Feminine Appreciation, Page 2  
by Mrs. Reginald de Koven (1896). Page protected by Copyscape DO NOT COPY

Consider these lines — their spiritual intuition is the parallel of Wordsworth in his limpid moods; their knowledge, like a single glow of summer lightning, illumines all the darkened land as the glimmering patient light of Bourget's candle in cycles of encyclopedias will never do.

Behold the woman!

"Beauté des femmes, leur faiblesse et ces mains pâles,
Qui font souvent le bien et peuvent tout le mal.


The appealing weakness of women is the first note, invariably stronger than command — and then the reference to their hands. This is very characteristic of Verlaine — they haunt him.

"Les chères mains qui furent miènnes,
Toutes petites, toutes belles."


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"Mains en songes — main sur man âme."

The last is a very poignant line — and again in "Ariettes Oubliées," —

"Le piano que baise une main frêle."


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Then comes the reflection as to the eyes of women, profoundly true and observant, contained in the last two verses of the first stanza: —

"Et ces yeux où plus rien ne reste d'animal
Que juste assez pour dire 'assess' aux fureurs mâles!"


Then the next stanza: —

"Et toujours, maternelle endormeuse des râles,
Même quand elle ment —."


Here is the creature who could be both nurse and courtesan — concise and convincing classification.

Then he continues relating how, as man as well as poet, he has vibrated to the clear soprano of

"Cette voix! Matinal
Appel, ou chant bien doux à vêpres, ou frais signal,
Ou beau sanglot qui va mourir au pli des châles! . . ."


How he has dreamed over the tender sentiment of her twilight song, and been melted and conquered by the still greater, more beautiful appeal of the emotional soul for love and understanding, — "beau sanglot" indeed!

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