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Alice De Chambrier: J’aurai vingt ans demain. . .

 

J’aurai vingt ans demain . . .

J’aurai vingt ans demain! Faut-il pleurer ou rire?
Saluer l’avenir, regretter le passé,
Et tourner le feuillet du livre qu’il faut lire,
Qu’il intéresse ou non, qu’on aime ou soit lassé?

Vingt ans, ce sont les fleurs toutes fraîches écloses,
Les lilas parfumés dans les feuillages verts,
Les marguerites d’or et les boutons de roses
Que le printemps qui fuit laisse tout entr’ouverts….

Mais c’est aussi parfois l’instant plein de tristesses
Où l’homme, regrettant les jours évanouis,
Au seuil de l’inconnu tout rempli de promesses
Sent des larmes au fond de ses yeux éblouis!

Pareil au jeune oiseau qui doute de son aile
Et n’ose s’élancer hors du nid suspendu,
Il hésite devant cette route nouvelle
Qui s’ouvre devant lui pleine d’inattendu.

L’oeil a beau ne rien voir de triste sur la route;
Malgré le gai soleil, les oiseaux et les fleurs,
Le coeur parfois frissonne et dans le calme écoute
Une lointaine voix qui parle de malheur.

Alice De Chambrier
(1861-1882)
J’aurai vingt ans demain. . .

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