Poet, take up your lute …

Poète, prends ton luth and me donne un baiser .

Poet, take up your lute and give me a kiss .

   English version below the picture

  La muse dit ces mots au poète français Alfred de Musset ( XIX ème siècle ) dans un fameux poème ” la nuit de Mai ” . Par son amour elle l ‘ encourage à écrire ses vers . Il y a des moments où l ‘ inspiration manque .

  Au centre – ville d ‘ Amiens où nous habitons il y a une monumentale horloge en fer du début du XX ème siècle . A sa base se tient une statue en bronze de femme à demi – dévêtue . Cette femme fait penser à cette muse . Elle inspire les gens . De nombreux couples se font photographier à ses pieds . Et cela sous le regard bienveillant de Notre – Dame la superbe cathédrale gothique d ‘ Amiens construite au XIII ème siècle et récemment nettoyée . ( nous célébrons ses 800 ans cette année )

   Poésie , statue , cathédrale inspirent et sont le fruit de l ‘ inspiration . Un courant d ‘inspiration .. Eternel..
( le poème la nuit de Mai peut être vu ici : :http://www.poemswithoutfrontiers.org/La_Nuit_de_Mai.html )

Clock , statue and Cathedral of Amiens Photo M . Fauquet

  The muse says those words to the French poet Alfred de Musset ( XIX th century ) in a famous poem ” Night of May “. With her love she encourages him to write his verses . There are times where the inspiration is missing .

  At the downtown of Amiens where I live ( Northern France ) there is a monumental clock built with wrought iron at the beginning of the XXth century . At its basis is standing a bronze statue of a half naked woman . This woman looks like a muse . She inspires many people . Numerous couples come here to be pictured at her feet . And this, under the kind look of Notre Dame ( Our Lady ) , the wonderful Gothic cathedral of Amiens built at the XIII th century and recently cleaned .. We celebrate its 800 years old this year 2019

   Poetry , statue and cathedral inspire and are the fruit of the inspiration . A stream of inspiration… Eternal

The poem May Night may be seen translated in English below the French version here :

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73 Responses to Poet, take up your lute …

  1. calmkate says:

    What a wondrous area you live in, so steeped in history and remarkable surroundings 🙂

  2. KB says:

    Beauty inspires beauty!

  3. wissh says:

    Good morning Michel,
    It was wonderful to wake up to this.
    I often wonder what it would be like to live in a town or city so steeped in history. I am so appreciative of ancient art and architecture, spending many hours just gazing in wonder during my travels. You’re very fortunate to have that be your home, I suspect you know that.
    Have a great week.

    • Yes Christine I appreciate to live in a town known since Roman time and before ( prehistory ) to the Middle Age and of course modern times . Despite of the destructions due principally to the War II, the town kept its architectural jewels .<3

  4. cocosangel says:

    That is inspiring. I couldn’t see a woman, but I am sure it is there.
    Take care,

  5. blb1 says:

    It would be nice to visit here but I will have to do it through your posts I’m afraid. I wonder is the clock the correct time? Can’t imagine how they would set that one.

  6. Lavinia Ross says:

    A beautiful poem by Alfred de Musset, Michel! I have bookmarked the site.

    Hope all is well, and that you and Janine are enjoying the fruits and vegetables from your garden. Is the heat wave over yet?

  7. mrswrangler says:

    Intresting. Very rich culture you live in

  8. Wow. That is quite a remarkable monument, Michel. Clock, lady and all.Thanks for sharing.

  9. I wish we had poets in America. 😛

  10. You are surrounded by some wonderful history Michel.

  11. OH! How beautiful! How inspiring! Thank you for sharing the lady, the clock and the muse story with us! 🙂

    Now I know my problem with trying to write poetry. I need some lute music playing and a kiss before I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard! 😉 😀 HA! 😉
    Actually, I do have a main muse and sometimes another muse pops up before poem pops out! (I say poems are born!) My muse it’s always good…it’s just that my poetry writing is not so good. But, I keep trying. 🙂

    What wonderful history, Michel! 🙂
    HUGS!!! for you and Janine! 🙂

  12. puffpop says:

    I learn so many delightful things from your post. Fascinating history. I have recently purchased a ukulele which is said to be an offspring of the lute.

    The USA is an infant compared to the rich history of France. We have much to learn and do owe a debt of gratitude for what France has given us.

    Also thank you for your thoughts and prayers for the recent storm Dorian. I am so relieved and thankful that we escaped the horrors that were predicted. Some rain this morning and cool refreshing breezes. The pets and I are doing fine…

    Now we direct prayers to the suffering and damage the storm has done to the people in the Bahamas…

    • I am glad Françoise you had a delight with this post which mixes poetry and history. I am relieved to know Dorian lost its strength in coming on you .. Poor Bahamas indeed A true disaster for them.

  13. Rachel says:

    Good morning, Michel! I hope you have a wonderful day! The fall harvest comes in here. Yesterday I had peaches, tomatoes, watermelon. I should be canning. Enjoy your week, my friend!

  14. Susan Joos says:

    Marvelous! I can’t fully imagine what it must be like to be there in person, but I appreciate the picture to get a sense of it!

  15. Beautiful church, beautiful clock. I still harbor dreams of visiting you someday.

  16. marica0701 says:

    That clock is amazing and richly beautiful!

  17. suester7 says:

    Thank you for sharing little nuggets of history of your hometown, Michel! It’s indeed very interesting.

    Thank you too for your comment on my Facebook. I am well, Michel. And tomorrow is Teacher’s Day here in Singapore. I am blessed to be able to work with little ones. ❤️

  18. Carole says:

    Je n ai jamais fait attention à cette horloge…. Comme quoi on ne connaît jamais assez notre patrimoine. Bonne journée à vous deux je vous embrasse Carole

  19. How I’d love to visit there one day 🙂
    The 800 year celebration will be an exciting one!!
    Here in North America … it’s hard to imagine anything being 800 years old, ha ha.
    Lovely post, Michel!

  20. You live in such a wonderful place..filled with history and beauty. I love seeing it in your photos and reading about it in your blogs. Hugs.

  21. suester7 says:

    Thank you, Michel! ❤️

  22. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour ou bonsoir mon Am i, MICHEL très belle ville AMIENS j’aime tout ce qui est cathédrale

    Je regarde souvent
    En ouvrant une fenêtre, que ce soit au lever ou au coucher du soleil
    Si le matin afin si une belle journée s’annonce
    Et Le soir en admirant le ciel étoilé
    Mais tiens ce matin
    J’ai une petite pensée pour vous tous

    Ceux qui peuvent lire mon petit message
    Je leur dédies une belle semaine ensoleillé
    Pour le soir une belle nuit de sommeil
    Prenez bien soin de vous

    Bisous. Bernard

  23. Marion says:

    I love the history and tradition from your country that you share with us, Michel! 🙂 If it were not for you, there is so much I would not know. ❤

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