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8. Poésie

Ethiopiques numéro 40-41
Revue trimestrielle de culture négro-africaine
nouvelle série - 1er trimestre 1985 - volume III n°1-2

Auteur : Hassan JAGNE

All Africa and indeed the whole world
are stunned and moved !
stunned by your unexpected declaration
and moved by your magnanimous demonstration to come down the political throne
efficiently long sat on.

Created by History
History you have created
you have ably steered the Senegalese
politicalship through rough seas
and dark uncharted waters
and have anchored safely at some
calm deep-water harbour
Senegal will surely walk troden tracks.

Removed by no hidden assassin’s bullet
swept by no turbulent revolution
neatly and in most democratic fashion
you have handed over the reins of government
and a conscious and progressive nation
to your well groomed and tutored lientenant

Sage, senator and seer
O man of golden letters !
Have you heard the echo
reverberating from
Cape to Cairo
and from
People singing salve valeque Senghore
and your dazzling works retorting
salvete valeteque quoque

You have devined the way
Senegal should go
You have seen the dangers
Senegal should avoid
You have wisely guided
Senegal to national good

O scholar, sage, seer and senator
your exemple has shattered a hard myth
and has firmly established the African truth.