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The 31 of August 1914 I left Deauville a little before midnight In the small car of Rouveyre With his driver we were three We say goodbye to a whole era Furious giants stood up over Europe The eagles left their area waiting for the sun The ravenous fish rose from the abyss The peoples fled to know each other thoroughly The dead trembled with fear in their dark mansions (...) And when after having spent the afternoon By Fontainebleau We arrived in Paris At the time when the mobilization was displayed We compress my comrade and me That the small car had led us into a New era And even though we were both already mature men However, we had just been born. Guillaume Apollinaire Calligrammes (c) Gallimard 1925