Alphonse de Lamartine

Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, October 21, 1790 Macon - 28 February 1869 Paris. De Lamartine was a politician, historian and poet.

Lamartine was born at the end of the eighteenth century into a French Catholic and royalist noble family. During his secondary studies, he was at a Jesuit boarding school called the College of the "Peres de la Foi" at Belley, until 1809. Lamartine refused to serve Napoleon because he regarded him as a usurper. With the return of the Bourbons to the French throne, Lamartine joined the Gardes du corps in 1814 and accompanied Louis XVIII during the Hundred Days War. In June of the year 1820 Lamartine married Marianne Birch and he then entered the diplomatic service. He went to Italy to work at the French Embassy. In that capacity he lived for a while in Naples, Florence and Rome and and other cities. In the meantime he was making his name as a poet. He wrote a poem for the occasion of the coronation of Charles X in 1824 and the king rewarded him with the "Légion d'honneur". In 1825 he published 'Le Dernier Chant du pèlerinage de Childe Harold'. As a result of a sentence in that work Lamartine was forced to fight a duel with an Italian officer, Colonel Pepe, during which Lamartine was injured. In 1829 he left Florence and Italy and went on a special mission to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, after he had refused a post in the Polignac government. In November of the same year he was elected to the Académie française. Lamartine played an important role during the February Revolution in 1848 and was one of the first to proclaim the new provisional government. In that government, he received the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs (which he held from 24 February to 11 May). Then he was elected as one of the five members of the Executive Committee and was for several weeks one of the most important politicians in Europe.

Lamartine died on 28 February 1869.


Alphonse de Lamartine
1790 - 1869


Below, you can see an overview of two books. He used the divine name in his "new poetic meditations"(1823), in the poem "the Angel - epic Fragment".



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We show this anthem, page 134-136, "Impressions of the morning and evening", from the collection of poems "Harmonies poétiques et religieuses" (1830)...


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In another book: a Chrestomathie of French writers


We find the divine name in "the Angel' from the new poetic Meditations at page 377:


But also in the sacred poetry (Dithyramb) from the "poetic Meditations "(1820) at page 434:




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