Aquiles Mir (Escales, 1822 – Carcassonne 1901)

This writer distinguished himself through his poems Lo cant de la Lauseta and his burlesque stories Lo Curat de Cucunhan or Lo lutrin de Ladèrn :

Escalas, mon país, ambe sa vièlha torre
Que menaça lo cèl de son grisastre morre,
Escalas, dont la font als environs fa enveja :
L’aiga fuma l’ivèrn e l’estiu sanglaceja !
Escalas e son puèg ont lo fuòc de Sant Joan
Branda al luènh que diriatz la gula d’un volcan !
Vilatjòt, ò mon brèç ! ma Musa naut te brama
Dins l’òli de gavèl nègas l’esprit e l’arma !
- Aquiles Mir

Escales, where I come from, with its ancient tower / Threatening the sky with its grey snout / Escales whose fountain arouses so much envy all around / Its water smoking in winter and refreshing in summer / Escales and its hillock where St John’s fire / from afar lights up like a volcano’s mouth / Small village, my cradle! My Muse cries out to you / In wine, you drown the spirit and the soul.