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System Number: 03785
Date: 1 May 1889
Author: Stéphane Mallarmé[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M119
Document Type: ADS

Mai dont le rayon ne dure
Pour qu'il éblouisse l'air
Mêle l'art à sa verdure
Et joint au printemps Whistler

Stéphane Mallarmé


1er Mai 1889

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May, whose ray lasts only to dazzle the air, combines art with its greenery and joins Whistler to spring.
Stéphane Mallarmé
Paris 1 May 1889


1.  Stéphane Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more]. The verse is very prettily written on a card with an overall grey pattern like tapestry or carpet. It appears to be celebrating May Day. It was published in Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], XVIII, p. 38. The verse was written to coincide with the Criterion dinner, held in Whistler's honour, on 1 May 1889.