Friday, July 25, 2014
From Les Lettres et Les Arts, 1888 (seventeen years after the Commune). This was the last proclamation (no. 395) of the Commune; the poster was rescued by a collector.
THE PEOPLE OF PARIS
TO THE SOLDIERS OF VERSAILLES
The hour of the great combat of the Peoples against their oppressors has arrived!
Do not abandon the cause of the Workers!
Act like your brothers of March 18!
Unite yourselves to the People, of whom you are a part!
Let the aristocrats, the privileged, the executioners of humanity defend themselves on their own, and the reign of Justice will be easy to establish.
Leave your ranks!
Come into our homes.
Come to us, among our families. You will be received with brotherhood and joy.
The People of Paris have confidence in your patriotism.
LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC!
LONG LIVE THE COMMUNE!
3 Prairial, Year 79.
THE PARIS COMMUNE.
This new translation is explicitly released into the public domain; or, where that is not legally possible, permission is granted to use it for any purpose whatsoever.