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Pierre-Jean de Beranger (1780 – 1857)

Prolific French poet and chansonnier, who enjoyed great popularity and influence in France during his lifetime, but faded into obscurity in the decades following his death.
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Pierre-Jean de Beranger
My God is the God of Socrates, of Franklin, of Voltaire, of Béranger! My credo is the credo of Rousseau! I adhere to the immortal principles of '89!
Beranger quotes
Each year his mighty armies marched forth in gallant show,
Their enemies were targets, their bullets they were tow.
Nos amis, les ennemis.

In Paris a queer little man you may see,
A little man all in gray;
Rosy and round as an apple is he,
Content with the present whate'er it may be,
While from care and from cash he is equally free,
And merry both night and day!
"Ma foi! I laugh at the world." says he,
"I laugh at the world, and the world laughs at me!"
What a gay little man in gray.
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Old age doth in sharp pains abound;
We are belabored by the gout,
Our blindness is a dark profound,
Our deafness each one laughs about.
Then reason's light with falling ray
Doth but a trembling flicker cast.
Honor to age, ye children pay!
Alas! my fifty years are past!
Quoique leurs chapeaux sont bien laids,
Goddam! j'aime les anglais.
Pierre-Jean de Beranger
Ye Gods! but she is wondrous fair!
For me her constant flame appears;
The garland she hath culled, I wear
On brows bald since my thirty years.
Ye veils that deck my loved one rare,
Fall, for the crowning triumph's nigh.
Ye Gods! but she is wondrous fair!
And I, so plain a man am I!
Adieu! 'tis love's last greeting,
The parting hour is come!
And fast thy soul is fleeting
To seek its starry home.
Ce n'est que lorsqu'il expira
Que le peuple, qui l'enterra, pleura.
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Gaily! gaily! close our ranks!
Arm! Advance!
Hope of France!
Gaily! gaily! close our ranks!
Onward! Onward! Gauls and Franks!
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