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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Le Faune

By Paul Verlaine (1844–1896)

Translation of Gertrude Hall

AN ANCIENT terra-cotta Faun,

A laughing note in ’mid the green,

Grins at us from the central lawn,

With secret and sarcastic mien.

It is that he foresees, perchance,

A bad end to the moments dear,

That with gay music and light dance

Have led us, pensive pilgrims, here.