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Vivant sequentes

Marc Chagall, 1911–12, Hommage à Apollinaire, or Adam et Ève, gouache, watercolor, ink wash, pen and ink and collage on paper



May they live, all those decided to come:

Vivant sequentes. Why, cherish the thought!

May they live, may they love, in sunshine sport,

Be happy they're them, and not just anyone.

So prayed the old Greeks, old Nguni, old Han.

So prayed all those born to woman and man.

And so must we pray in our turn, unafraid,

Averting our eyes from the mess that we've made.

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