It took almost 20 years to get him back to Paris from the island of St. Helena, where he died, but his wish of being by the river finally came true.
"I desire that my ashes may rest on the banks of the Seine in the
midst of the French people whom I loved so well."
Thousands and thousands of petitions were signed to bring his body back.
He was returned December 15, 1840.
Victor Hugo wrote a poem which was translated into English.
Dressed as an emperor, Sire you will return to your
drawn by eight horses
through the arch of triumph.
with neither tocsin,
nor battle nor fury.
(Tocsin means a bell to sound an alarm)