Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X. 1876–79.



By Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780–1857)

Translated by William Young

PARIS, adieu! I issue from thy walls:

A nook to rest in is at Passy mine.

Thy son escapes thy tax on funerals,

And duty-free can sip his modest wine.

Here, in oblivion to be wrapped erelong,

Exempt from storms, may age upon me creep;

And, lulled by dying echoes of my song,

Birdlike, amidst the foliage may I sleep!