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    La mort du Loup

    Susan Perly's story on the dying beauty of fading tulips inspired this.

    In the poem La Mort du Loup by Alfred de Vigny, the poet narrates a wolf hunt which ends up with his party shooting a proud wolf and then watching him die.

    ...

    Et ton dernier regard m'est allé jusqu'au coeur !

    Il disait : " Si tu peux, fais que ton âme arrive,

    A force de rester studieuse et pensive,

    Jusqu'à ce haut degré de stoïque fierté

    Où, naissant dans les bois, j'ai tout d'abord monté.

    Gémir, pleurer, prier est également lâche.
    
Fais énergiquement ta longue et lourde tâche

    Dans la voie où le Sort a voulu t'appeler,

    Puis après, comme moi, souffre et meurs sans parler.

    I can only offer a sort of translation:

    ....
    That last look of yours went straight to my heart
    It said: If by dint of pensive introspection
    You can make your soul arrive
    To this high level of stoic pride
    Where, born in the woods, I first ascended
    Whimper and weep, praying, all equally cowardly
    Do with all your might your long arduous duty
    On the path where Fate has driven you,
    Then like me, suffer and die without protest.
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