Sunday, August 3, 2014

MAN AND WOMAN by Victor Hugo


by  Victor Hugo

Man is the most elevated of creatures,
 Woman the most sublime of ideals.
 God made for man a throne; for Woman an altar.
 The throne exalts; the altar sanctifies.
 Man is the brain; Woman, the heart.
 The brain creates light; the heart, love.
 Light engenders; love resurrects.
 Because of reason Man is strong.
 Because of tears Woman is invincible.
 Reason is convincing; tears, moving.
 Man is capable of all heroism.
 Woman of all martyrdom.
 Heroism ennobles; martyrdom sublimates.
 Man has supremacy; Woman, preference.
 Supremacy is strength.
 Preference is the right.
 Man is a genius; Woman, an angel.
 Genius is immeasurable; the angel indefinable.
 The aspiration of man is supreme glory.
 The aspiration of woman is extreme virtue.
 Glory creates all that is great; virtue, all that is divine.
 Man is a code; Woman a gospel.
 A code corrects; the gospel perfects.
 Man thinks; Woman dreams.
 To think is to have a worm in the brain.
 To dream is to have a halo on the brow.
 Man is an ocean, Woman a lake.
 The ocean has the adorning pearl; the lake,
dazzling poetry.
 Man is the flying eagle; Woman, the singing nightingale.
 To fly is to conquer space; to sing is to conquer the soul.
 Man is a temple; Woman a shrine.
 Before the temple we discover ourselves;
before the shrine we kneel.
 In short, man is found where earth finishes,
woman where heaven begins.