J'honore une race commune,In a note to ‘Couplets on M. Laisney, imprimeur d Peronne,’ he says: ‘It was in his printing-house that I was put to prentice; not having been able to learn orthography, he imparted to me the taste for poetry, gave me lessons in versification, and corrected my first essays.’
Car, sensible, quoique malin,
Je n'ai flate que l'infortune.
Of Bonaparte,—Un conquerant, dans sa fortune altiere,I admire, also, ‘Le Violon brise,’ for its grace and sweetness. How fine Beranger on Waterloo!—
Se fit un jeu des sceptres et des lois,
Et de ses pieds on peut voir la poussiere
Empreinte encore sur le bandeau des rois.Its name shall never sadden verse of mine.