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To the Man Who Betrayed a Woman to her Foes (1832) | Victor Hugo

The following poem was written by Victor Hugo in 1832 and related the misfortunes of the Duchess of Berri. It was published in Hugo’s Songs of Twilight (1836) collection, translated by G.W.M. Reynolds. Of the poem Reynolds said The Political notions...

Poland (1833) | Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo‘s poem ‘Poland‘ was originally written in 1833 and published in Les Chants des Crepuscules. It was later translated into English by George W.M. Reynolds in Songs of Twilight (1836), which has recently been published as a single volume,...

New Edition of Victor Hugo’s Songs of Twilight | Stephen Basdeo and Jessica Elizabeth Thomas

Stephen Basdeo and Jessica Elizabeth Thomas Since the re-branding of this website back in May 2021, its inclusion by Google in its Newsstand app, and this month’s decision by the British Library to officially archive this website’s content...

Napoleon II (1832) | Victor Hugo

The following poem appeared in Victor Hugo’s Chants des Crepuscules (1835) and was translated by G.W.M. Reynolds. It celebrates Napoleon’s son, Napoleon, who died too young and had no contact with father after the emperor was exiled to St Helena....

Bridal Festivity (1832) | Victor Hugo

‘Bridal Festivity’ was written by Victor Hugo in August 1832 and published in his Chants des Crepuscules (1835). This short collection of poetry was then translated by George W.M. Reynolds and published as Songs of Twilight in 1836. The poem itself...

Victor Hugo’s “Songs of Twilight” (1835) | G. W. M. Reynolds

Victor Hugo wrote a collection of poetry titled Les Chants des Crepuscules in 1835. Upon its first publication in France it received glowing reviews. It also came to the notice of a young English emigrée, George W.M. Reynolds, who in the mid-1830s was...


Written by Victor Hugo and published in Les Chants des Crepuscules in 1835 Translated by George W.M. Reynolds and published in Songs of Twilight in 1836. {V, vi., August, 1832.}[1] Say, Lord! for Thou alone canst tell Where lurks the...

The Land of Fable

Written by Victor Hugo and published in Les Chants des Crepuscules in 1835 Translated by George W.M. Reynolds and published in Songs of Twilight in 1836. (“L’Orient! Qu’y voyez-vous, poëtes?”)[1] [Poets! What do you see in the East?]...

Outside the Ballroom

(“Ainsi l’Hôtel de Ville illumine.”)[1] {VI., May, 1833.} By Victor Hugo Behold the ball-room flashing on the sight, From step to cornice one grand glare of light; The noise of mirth and revelry resounds, Like fairy melody on...

Prelude to Victor Hugo’s “Songs of Twilight”

(“De quel non te nommer?”)[1] {PRELUDE, a, Oct. 20, 1835.} How shall I note thee, line of troubled years,    Which mark existence in our little span? One constant twilight in the heaven appears—    One constant twilight in the...

Marriage and Feasts

By Victor Hugo (“La salle est magnifique.”)[1] {IV. Aug. 23, 1839.} The hall is gay with limpid lustre bright— The feast to pampered palate gives delight— The sated guests pick at the spicy food, And drink profusely, for the...

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