Andre Marie de Chenier

(30 October 1762 – 25 July 1794 / Istanbul)

Hercule


Oeta, mont ennobli par cette nuit ardente,
Quand l'infidèle époux d'une épouse imprudente
Reçut de son amour un présent trop jaloux,
Victime du centaure immolé par ses coups;
Il brise tes forêts: ta cime épaisse et sombre
En un bûcher immense amoncelle sans nombre
Les sapins résineux que son bras a ployés.
Il y porte la flamme; il monte, sous ses pieds
Étend du vieux lion la dépouille héroïque,
Et l'oeil au ciel, la main sur la massue antique,
Attend sa récompense et l'heure d'être un dieu.
Le vent souffle et mugit. Le bûcher tout en feu
Brille autour du héros, et la flamme rapide
Porte au palais divin l'âme du grand Alcide!

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