Cyrano de Bergerac
I have made rimes for you –
Not now – Shall we insult Nature, this night,
These flowers, this moment – shall we set all these
To phrases from a letter by Voiture?
Look once at the high stars that shine in heaven,
And put off artificiality!
Have you not seen great gaudy hothouse flowers,
Barren, without fragrance? – Souls are like that:
Forced to show all, they soon become all show –
The means to Nature’s end ends meaningless!
Love hates that game of words!
It is a crime to fence with life – I tell you,
There comes one moment, once – and God help those
Who pass that moment by! – when Beauty stands
Looking into the soul with grave, sweet eyes
That sicken at pretty words! (III. 282 – 296)
Frequently! Then I drooped my eyes and said:
"I have a lover…" Whereupon, the Spaniard
With an air of ferocious dignity
Would close the carriage door – with such a gesture
As any king might envy, wave aside
The muskets that were leveled at my breast,
Fall back three paces, equally superb
In grace and gloom, draw himself up, thrust forth
A spur under his cloak, sweeping the air
With his long plumes, bow very low, and say:
"Pass, Senorita!" (IV. 262-272)
CARBON (Having, like the others, tightened his belt, dusted himself, brushed off his
hat, smoothed out his plume and put on his lace cuffs, advances to Roxane ceremoniously)
In that case, may I not present to you
Some of these gentlemen who are to have
The honor of dying in your presence?
(She waits, standing on the arm of Christian, while)
CARBON (- presents)
Baron de Peyrescous de Colignac!
THE CADETS (Salutes)
CARBON (Continues) Baron de Casterac
De Cahuzac – Vidame de Malgouyre
Estressac Lésbas d’Escarabiot –
Chevalier d’Antignac-Juzet –
Baron Hillot de Blagnac-Saléchan
De Castel-Crabioules (IV. 300-309)