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Pierre Corneille: Chanson

Chanson

Vos beaux yeux sur ma franchise
N’adressent pas bien leurs coups,
Tête chauve et barbe grise
Ne sont pas viande pour vous ;
Quand j’aurais l’heure de vous plaire,
Ce serait perdre du temps ;
Iris, que pourriez-vous faire
D’un galant de cinquante ans ?

Ce qui vous rend adorable
N’est propre qu’à m’alarmer,
Je vous trouve trop aimable
Et crains de vous trop aimer :
Mon cœur à prendre est facile,
Mes vœux sont des plus constants ;
Mais c’est un meuble inutile
Qu’un galant de cinquante ans.

Si l’armure n’est complète,
Si tout ne va comme il faut,
Il vaut mieux faire retraite
Que d’entreprendre un assaut :
L’amour ne rend point la place
À de mauvais combattants,
Et rit de la vaine audace
Des galants de cinquante ans.

Pierre Corneille
(1606-1684)
Chanson

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