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The Age of Louis the Great Charles Perrault Seconding to Aubusson, in the ardor of his zeal, The immortal hero made the immortal image. Let us go without delay into these amiable places, Of so many great objects satisfy our eyes. It is not a palace, it is an entire city, Superb in its grandeur, superb in its matter; No, it is rather a world, where the great universe The various miracles are gathered together. I see on all sides the rising rivers, And they form seas of the waves which they vomit, By an incredible art, they were forced To ascend to the summit of these elevated places; And their water, which descends to the gardens it waters, In one hundred rich palaces passing rests. What can antiquity oppose them, To match their pump and variety? Formerly in his pulpit, a master in rhetoric, Full of that mad love that they all have for the antique, Praising these beautiful gardens, which he said he had seen They would be taken, he said, for those of Alcinoos. The garden of this king, if we may believe Homer, Who was pleased to form a beautiful chimera, Utilized with good fruit trees, It contained within its walls four arpents entirely.
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