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Famous Arles Poems by Famous Poets

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by Alighieri, Dante
...ed the lost. 

 On either hand a wide plain stretched, to show 
 A sight of torment, and most dismal woe. 

 At Arles, where the stagnant Rhone extends, 
 Or Pola, where the gulf Quarnero bends, 
 As with old tombs the plains are ridged, so here, 
 All sides, did rows of countless tombs appear, 
 But in more bitter a guise, for everywhere 
 Shone flames, that moved among them. 

 Every tomb 
 Stood open, white with heat. No craft requires 
 More heated metal t...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...birthright Prince 
 O' th' Romans, chosen king, crowned emperor, 
 Heaven's sword-bearer, monarch of Burgundy 
 And Arles—the tomb of Karl I dared profane, 
 But have repented me on bended knees 
 In penance 'midst the desert twenty years; 
 My drink the rain, the rocky herbs my food, 
 Myself a ghost the shepherds fled before, 
 And the world named me as among the dead. 
 But I have heard my country call—come forth, 
 Lifted the shroud—broken the sepulchre. 
 Thi...Read More

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