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had the good sense to abolish its infinitely although his life bad enough of romance less heart-breaking prison-equivalent ? in it to be interesting, it was not until “ I am, Mr. Punch,
about ten years ago that the singular suc“ Yours, respectfully,
cess of one of his Proverbes (Le Caprice) "A SUFFERER." gave a sudden lustre to his name.
Two or three more of his Proverbes were sub
scquently performed at the Français-IL The death of Alfred de Musset reminds
ne faut jurer de rien, Il faut qu'une porte us, as we look from Our Window, of soft
soit ouverte ou fermée, and his dramatic spring nights in Paris, when Madame Al
pieces, La Quenouille de Barberine, Les lan played his proverbes at the Français, Caprices de Marianne — with a success with exquisite grace ; and, more sadly, belonging rather to the poet than to the it adds another to the list of talent early
dramatist, as the failure of the drama, gone astray and lost. The following notice Andre del Sarto, a fine subject wasted, is from the London Leader, and touches
clearly proved. It was one thing to comwith the gentleness of friendship the
pose with a diamond pen a Proverbe, and frailties of genius:
another to construct a drama of sustained “In the midst of a dry heap of diplo- interest and passion. We incline to bematic and political news in the Times of lieve, that it will be for his minor poems last Tuesday, appeared the following short that Alfred de Musset will be remembered. paragraph :
In these, the passionate warmth of color, the 66 M. Alfred de Musset, one of the reckless elegance, the mocking grace, the youngest and most distinguished members almost feminine languor and inconstancy of the French Academy, died yesterday, of humor smiling through tears, are inafter a short illness."
finitely charming. The influence of Byron “ Two paces of the vilest earth are all
upon the young countryman of Voltaire is that remains even to a King when once the easily perceived, but enough remains of breath is out of his body; and two, or at individuality to give the poet a personal the most three, lines are all that can be rank. His election into the Academy was spared to a poor poet—a mere child of especially remarked at the time, as it was grace and genius, whose lamp of life is almost a single instance of pure literature shattered, and whose light in the dust lies being admitted by the disbanded senators dead-when the movements of a Grand who fill the benches of that august body, Duke and of the Crédit Mobilier have and conspire in choice language against columns at their service. Nevertheless, as the Order that is not of their making. No it is the fashion of Courts to go in mourn- doubt, his literary title to academic elecing for their great ones, we may be allowed tion was a sound one. A romanticist by in this place to offer, from beyond the sea, habit and association, he was always a the last tribute of respect to the memory rigid classicist in theory. But poor Alof a poet. Alfred de Musset was one of fred de Musset was not at home in the those children of a summer star,' who Palais Mazarin ; and, indeed, wherever he lose their way early in this busy world of appeared of late, it was as a ghostly harsh and cold realities; who drain the visitant from some débraillé world. His wine of life with fevered lips to the very way of life had become perplexed in the dregs, exhaust the bitter and the sweet of extreme; silent and shattered was that love, and awake from disenchantment to fragile lute despair. His last volume of minor poems
66. On whose harmonious strings was published in 1850, and in those few
The breath of heaven did wander, a bright pages there was nothing that bore a later
stream date than '39'42.
Once fed with many-voiced waves, a dream " To him, as to many other greater men,
Of youth which night and time have quenched
forever!'" the reward of fame came late. For many years he had been treated by the serious “ Peace be with him! As he wrote of a critics as a trifler; and although bis Contes brother poet of Italy, Leopardi-d'Espagne et d'Italie, his Spectacle dans un
""L'heure dernière vint, tant de fois appelée. Fauteuil, and bis exquisite lyrics were the Tu la vis arriver sans crainte et sans remord, delight of women and of young men ; Et tu goûtas enfin le charme de la mort.'"
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