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L’Homme et La Femme (Man and Woman) – Victor Hugo / translated

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The famous French poet, Victor Marie Hugo  (1802 – 1885) was a Romantic movement writer. Best known in America as the author of Les Misérables  and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. He also produced more than 4,000 drawings.  I find more beauty in his poems. Here is my version of this original French work and the poem itself.

~ my English translation

MAN AND WOMAN by Victor Hugo

Man is the highest among the creatures.
Woman is the most sublime of ideals.
God made a throne for man;
for Woman an altar.
The throne exalts; the altar sanctifies.

Man is reason. Woman, sentiment.
Reason causes light;
Sentiment produces love.
Light teems with life
While it is Love that revives.

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