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Paul Valéry: Naissance de Vénus

Naissance de Vénus

De sa profonde mère, encor froide et fumante,
Voici qu’au seuil battu de tempêtes, la chair
Amèrement vomie au soleil par la mer,
Se délivre des diamants de la tourmente.

Son sourire se forme, et suit sur ses bras blancs
Qu’éplore l’orient d’une épaule meurtrie,
De l’humide Thétis la pure pierrerie,
Et sa tresse se fraye un frisson sur ses flancs.

Le frais gravier, qu’arrose et fuit sa course agile,
Croule, creuse rumeur de soif, et le facile
Sable a bu les baisers de ses bonds puérils;

Mais de mille regards ou perfides ou vagues,
Son œil mobile mêle aux éclairs de périls
L’eau riante, et la danse infidèle des vagues.

Paul Valéry
(1871-1945)
Naissance de Vénus
Poème
Album de vers anciens

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