Les Miserables: The Novel
I finally found the UN abridged version! Yea me! :-) I finished the book in late Jan./Early Feb...what an amazing novel it is! It quickly became my favourite within the first 100 pages! I plan to have excerpts and thoughts...but for now...this is a poem/lullaby that Fantine unconciously sings because she used to sing it before she needed to give Cosette to the Thenardiers. I don't know if I would have liked it away from the story, but in the story it is really beautiful. :-)
"She seemed to be seeking to recall something to her mind. All at once she began to sing in a whisper. The nun listened. This is what Fantine sang:
We will buy very pretty things
A walking through the fauborghs
Violets are blue, roses are red
Violets are blue, I love my loves
The Virgin Mary to my bed
Came yesterday in broidered cloak
And told me: "Here hidden in my veil
Is the babe that you once asked me"
"Run to the town, get linen
Buy thread, buy a thimble"
We will buy very pretty things
A walking through the fauborghs
Good holy Virgin, by my bed
I have put a cradle draped with ribbons
Were God to give me his fairest star
I should love the babe thou hast given me more
"Madame, what shall be done with this new linen?"
"Make a trousseau for my new-born"
Violets are blue, roses are red
Violets are blue, I love my loves
Wash this linen "Where?" In the river
Make of it, without spoiling or soiling
A pretty skirt, a very long skirt
Which I will broider and fill with flowers
"The child is gone, madame, what more?"
"Make of it a shroud to bury me"
We will buy very pretty things
A walking through the fauborghs
Violets are blue, roses are red
Violets are blue, I love my loves

This is another excerpt, of what is written on Valjean's grave...

He is asleep. Though his mettle was sorely tried,
He lived, and when he lost his angel, died.
It happened calmly, on its own,
The way the night comes when day is done.

BTW, Everyone really must read the novel! Un abridged! I know it is long so not everyone likes the looks of it but it tells the story the best, of course, it's the original! IMO...:-)
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Disclaimer: Of course, I take no credit for the excerpts on this site. It is from the novel Les Miserables written by Victor Hugo, which I state.