By Marcel Proust
Because the unique prewar translation there was no thoroughly new rendering of the French unique into English. This translation brings to the fore a extra sharply engaged, comedian and lucid Proust. "In seek of misplaced Time" is likely one of the maximum, such a lot interesting examining studies in any language. because the nice tale unfolds from its magical commencing scenes to its devastating finish, it's the Penguin Proust that makes Proust available to a brand new iteration. every one quantity is translated by way of a special, incredible translator operating lower than the overall editorship of Professor Christopher Prendergast, college of Cambridge.
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Yes, brother, curse with me that baleful hour   When first ambition struck at regal power; 395 And thus, polluting honour in its source, Gave wealth to sway the mind with double force. Have we not seen, round Britain’s peopled shore,  Her useful sons exchanged for useless ore?  Seen all her triumphs but destruction haste, 400 Like flaring tapers brightening as they waste;  Seen opulence, her grandeur to maintain, Lead stern depopulation in her train, 40 And over fields, where scattered hamlets rose, In barren solitary pomp repose?
What a group the motley scene discloses!  False wits, false wives, false virgins, and false spouses : 15 Statesmen with bridles on; and, close beside ’em,  Patriots, in party-coloured suits, that ride ’em.  46 There Hebes, turned of fifty, try once more,  To raise a flame in Cupids of threescore. These, in their turn, with appetites as keen, 20 Deserting fifty, fasten on fifteen. Miss, not yet full fifteen, with fire uncommon, Flings down her sampler, and takes up the woman :  The little urchin smiles, and spreads her lure, And tries to kill ere she’s got power to cure.
But while this softer art their bliss supplies, It gives their follies also room to rise; For praise too dearly loved, or warmly sought, 270 Enfeebles all internal strength of thought. And the weak soul, within itself unblest, Leans for all pleasure on another’s breast. Hence ostentation here, with tawdry art, Pants for the vulgar praise which fools impart; 275  Here vanity assumes her pert grimace, And trims her robes of frieze with copper lace,  Here beggar pride defrauds her daily cheer,  To boast one splendid banquet once a year; The mind still turns where shifting fashion draws, 280  Nor weighs the solid worth of self-applause.