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Roxana’s Elegy on Cyrano’s Nose

Here, in this Parisian gutter, I find you,
de Bergerac, worthiest swordsman,
soldier-poet who felled a hundred men
in one engagement on the field of honor,
only to be brought down by a lone assassin.

Now, between last gasps, you say it was
your formidable nose that had commanded silence
to a tongue that wished to speak to me of love?
Dying man, it is too late to take your sword
and hack off that to you offensive protuberance,
but if it were timely, then, on its stump
I should have the goldsmith set a golden
tip with this engraved dedication:

“To the glory and memory of a noble nose.”

Now Cyrano is dead, and I must rush to Hades
and persuade lamenting Orpheus
to cease his mourning for Eurydice and yield
his place at the entrance of the shadow
world I may not enter. For even Sorrow’s
vast abode cannot contain my grief.

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so very dramatic, i really enjoyed this, an interesting man, i have actually googled, ah but to be denied love, Roxanne a distant cousin, an elegy from her, and very very belivable. Jerry i think you could write your own award winning play, if you havent already?

Thank you...Teddy

First of all, you are so lucky to live in the lovely Tuscany area, specifically, Florence, the old stomping grounds of my favorite writer, Boccacio, the author of The Decameron.
No, I'm no playwright like G. B. Shaw, but I have a pretty good understanding of literature. Thank you for liking my take on poor Cyrano Bignose. Btw, I have traveled through Italy on occasion while in the service, and as a private Citizen. Love it. Thanks for the nice comment. Addio, yours Jerry

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