Excerpt from Les Enfants D'édouard: Tragédie
Casimir delavigne was born at Havre in 1793 and at the age of 10 was sent to the College Henri IV., then called Lycée Napoleon, in Paris. At first he was distinguished rather by his industry than by his talent, but at about 14 he d... eveloped exceptional ability. His chief friends at school were his elder brother Germain Delavigne and A. E. Scribe, afterwards so famous as a dramatist. While still at school, in the Lower Sixth (e'léve de he composed a dithyramb (1811) on the birth of the King of Rome, which obtained some popularity, and gained him a patron in the person of Count Frangois, a high government official. The Count gave him a small post in the administration, which left him abundant leisure for-his literary pursuits. Two or three years later he gained the accessit to a prize offered by the Academy for a poem on the Discovery of Vaccination. It is essentially a prize poem, but shows abundant signs of the art of putting commonplace things in a poetical form which characterizes his maturer work. The following is a good specimen of it.
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