In summer, when day has fled, the plain covered with flowers
Pours out far away an intoxicating scent;
Eyes shut, ears half open to noises,
We only half sleep in a transparent slumber.
The stars are purer, the shade seems pleasanter;
A hazy half-day coulours the eternal dome;
And the sweet pale dawn awaiting her hour
Seems to wander all night at the botom of the sky.
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Victor Hugo, born in Besancon, France (1802-1885). Novelist, poet, dramatist and critic. He is best known for his novels "Notre-Dame de Paris" - Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831) and "Les Miserables" (1862). Victor Hugo is considered one of the leaders of the Romantic movement in French literature. Hugo created poems and novels that integrated political and philosophical questions with stories of his times. He was the herald of the new spirit of liberty and humanitarianism in France. Victor Hugo died in Paris, at the age of 83. Over three million people attended his State funeral.