Dear Friends, here are a few lines from Rimbaud's poem, "Le Forgeron": Or le bon Roi, debout sur son ventre, était pâle, Pâle comme un vaincu qu'on prend pour le gibet, Et, soumis comme un chien, jamais ne regimbait. . . Can anyone tell me what "debout sur son ventre" means? One on-line translation gives "belly upright", which is pretty meaningless as far as I can see. Perhaps it means that the King (Louis XVI) has a protruding belly. But maybe it doesn't. Many thanks for whatever help you can give.