Charles Baudelaire
L’ Etranger by Charles Baudelaire

L’ Etranger by Charles Baudelaire

-Qui aimes-tu le mieux, homme énigmatique, dis? ton père, ta mère, ta s«ur ou ton frère? —Je n’ai ni père, ni mère, ni s«ur, ni frère. —Tes amis? —Vous vous servez là d’une ...

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Anywhere Out Of The World by Charles Baudelaire

Anywhere Out Of The World by Charles Baudelaire

This life is a hospital where every patient is possessed with the desire to change beds; one man would like to suffer in front of the stove, and another believes that he would ...

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Get Drunk by Charles Baudelaire

Get Drunk by Charles Baudelaire

Always be drunk.That's it!The great imperative!In order not to feelTime's horrid fardelbruise your shoulders,grinding you into the earth,Get drunk and stay that way.On what?On ...

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Be Drunk by Charles Baudelaire

Be Drunk by Charles Baudelaire

You have to be always drunk. That's all there is to it--it's the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have ...

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Spleen (I) by Charles Baudelaire

Spleen (I) by Charles Baudelaire

Pluviôse, irrité contre la ville entière, De son urne à grands flots verse un froid ténébreux Aux pâles habitants du voisin cimetière Et la mortalité sur les faubourgs ...

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Beowulf by Charles Baudelaire

Beowulf by Charles Baudelaire

LO, praise of the prowess of people-kings of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped, we have heard, and what honor the athelings won! Oft Scyld the Scefing from squadroned foes, ...

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À Une Dame Créole (To A Creole Lady) by Charles Baudelaire

À Une Dame Créole (To A Creole Lady) by Charles Baudelaire

Au pays parfumé que le soleil caresse, J'ai connu, sous un dais d'arbres tout empourprés Et de palmiers d'où pleut sur les yeux la paresse, Une dame créole aux charmes ignorés. ...

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Spleen by Charles Baudelaire

Spleen by Charles Baudelaire

I'm like the king of a rain-country, rich but sterile, young but with an old wolf's itch, one who escapes Fenelon's apologues, and kills the day in boredom with his dogs; nothing ...

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Composure by Charles Baudelaire

Composure by Charles Baudelaire

(The speaker addresses himself)Lighten up, you bitch, stop being so bitter.You lobbied for night. It falls. Right here.The air, a haziness, wimples the town.Peace for some, for ...

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Cats by Charles Baudelaire

Cats by Charles Baudelaire

They are alike, prim scholar and perfervid lover:When comes the season of decay, they both decideUpon sweet, husky cats to be the household pride;Cats choose, like them, to sit, ...

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Au Lecteur by Charles Baudelaire

Au Lecteur by Charles Baudelaire

La sottise, l'erreur, le peche, la lesine,Occupent nos esprits et travaillent nos corps,Et nous alimentons nos aimables remords,Comme les mendiants nourrissent leur vermine.

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Her Hair by Charles Baudelaire

Her Hair by Charles Baudelaire

O fleece, that down the neck waves to the nape!O curls! O perfume nonchalant and rare!O ecstasy! To fill this alcove shapeWith memories that in these tresses sleep,I would shake ...

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Beacons by Charles Baudelaire

Beacons by Charles Baudelaire

Reubens, river of forgetfulness, garden of sloth,Pillow of wet flesh that one cannot love,But where life throngs and seethes without ceaseLike the air in the sky and the water in ...

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The Vampire by Charles Baudelaire

The Vampire by Charles Baudelaire

You that, like a dagger’s thrust,Have entered my complaining heart,You that, stronger than a hostOf demons, came, wild yet prepared;Within my mind’s humilityYou made your bed and ...

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Correspondences by Charles Baudelaire

Correspondences by Charles Baudelaire

Nature is a temple whose living colonnadesBreathe forth a mystic speech in fitful sighs;Man wanders among symbols in those gladesWhere all things watch him with familiar eyes.Like ...

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The Carcass by Charles Baudelaire

The Carcass by Charles Baudelaire

Remember that object we saw, dear soul,In the sweetness of a summer morn:At a bend of the path a loathsome carrionOn a bed with pebbles strewn,With legs raised like a lustful ...

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At One O’Clock In The Morning by Charles Baudelaire

At One O’Clock In The Morning by Charles Baudelaire

Alone, at last! Not a sound to be heard but the rumbling of some belated and decrepit cabs. For a few hours we shall have silence, if not repose. At last the tyranny of the human ...

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The Jewels by Charles Baudelaire

The Jewels by Charles Baudelaire

My well-beloved was stripped. Knowing my whim,She wore her tinkling gems, but naught besides:And showed such pride as, while her luck betides,A sultan's favoured slave may show to ...

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Crowds by Charles Baudelaire

Crowds by Charles Baudelaire

It is not given to every man to take a bath of multitude; enjoying a crowd is an art; and only he can relish a debauch of vitality at the expense of the human species, on whom, in ...

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The Albatross by Charles Baudelaire

The Albatross by Charles Baudelaire

Often to pass the time on board, the crewwill catch an albatross, one of those big birdswhich nonchalently chaperone a shipacross the bitter fathoms of the sea.Tied to the deck, ...

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Windows by Charles Baudelaire

Windows by Charles Baudelaire

Looking from outside into an open window one never sees as much as when one looks through a closed window. There is nothing more profound, more mysterious, more pregnant, more ...

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The Enemy by Charles Baudelaire

The Enemy by Charles Baudelaire

My youth was nothing but a black stormCrossed now and then by brilliant suns.The thunder and the rain so ravage the shoresNothing's left of the fruit my garden held once.I should ...

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The Fountain Of Blood by Charles Baudelaire

The Fountain Of Blood by Charles Baudelaire

A fountain's pulsing sobs--like this my bloodMeasures its flowing, so it sometimes seems.I hear a gentle murmur as it streams;Where the wound lies I've never understood.Like water ...

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Elevation by Charles Baudelaire

Elevation by Charles Baudelaire

Above the ponds, beyond the valleys,The woods, the mountains, the clouds, the seas,Farther than the sun, the distant breeze,The spheres that wilt to infinityMy spirit, you move ...

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De Profundis Clamavi by Charles Baudelaire

De Profundis Clamavi by Charles Baudelaire

Have pity, You alone whom I adore From down this black pit where my heart is sped, A sombre universe ringed round with lead Where fear and curses the long night explore. Six ...

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One O’Clock In The Morning by Charles Baudelaire

One O’Clock In The Morning by Charles Baudelaire

At last! I am alone! Nothing can be heard but the rumbling of a few belated and weary cabs. For a few hours at least silence will be ours, if not sleep. At last! The tyranny of ...

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For Madame Sabatier by Charles Baudelaire

For Madame Sabatier by Charles Baudelaire

What will you say tonight, poor soul in solitude,what will you say my heart, withered till now,to the so beautiful, so sweet, so dear one,whose divine gaze recreated the flower? - ...

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L’Invitation Au Voyage by Charles Baudelaire

L’Invitation Au Voyage by Charles Baudelaire

Mon enfant, ma soeur,Songe a la douceur,D'aller la-bas, vivre ensemble!Aimer a loisir,Aimer et mourir,Au pays qui te ressemble!Les soleils mouilles,De ces ciels brouilles,Pour mon ...

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Sorrows Of The Moon by Charles Baudelaire

Sorrows Of The Moon by Charles Baudelaire

Tonight the moon dreams in a deeper languidness,And, like a beauty on her cushions, lies at rest;While drifting off to sleep, a tentative caressSeeks, with a gentle hand, the ...

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Ill-Starred by Charles Baudelaire

Ill-Starred by Charles Baudelaire

To bear a weight that cannot be borne, Sisyphus, even you aren't that strong, Although your heart cannot be torn Time is short and Art is long. Far from celebrated sepulchers ...

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Invitation To The Voyage by Charles Baudelaire

Invitation To The Voyage by Charles Baudelaire

Imagine, ma petite,Dear sister mine, how sweetWere we to go and take our pleasureLeisurely, you and I—To lie, to love, to dieOff in that land made to your measure!A land whose ...

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Alchimie De La Douleur (The Alchemy Of Sorrow) by Charles Baudelaire

Alchimie De La Douleur (The Alchemy Of Sorrow) by Charles Baudelaire

L'un t'eclaire avec son ardeur,L'autre en toi met son deuil, Nature!Ce qui dit a l'un: Sepulture!Dit a l'autre: Vie et splendeur!Hermes inconnu qui m'assistesEt qui toujours ...

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Evening Harmony by Charles Baudelaire

Evening Harmony by Charles Baudelaire

The hour has come at last when, trembling to and fro,Each flower is a censer sifting its perfume;The scent and sounds all swirl in evening’s gentle fume;A melancholy waltz, a ...

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My Earlier Life by Charles Baudelaire

My Earlier Life by Charles Baudelaire

I've been home a long time among the vast porticos,Which the mariner sun has tinged with a million fires,Whose grandest pillars, upright, majestic and coldRender them the same, ...

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Calm by Charles Baudelaire

Calm by Charles Baudelaire

Have patience, O my sorrow, and be still.You asked for night: it falls: it is here.A shadowy atmosphere enshrouds the hill,to some men bringing peace, to others care.While the ...

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The Blessing by Charles Baudelaire

The Blessing by Charles Baudelaire

When, by a decree of the sovereign power, The poet makes his appearance in a bored world,With fists clenched at the horror, his outraged motherCalls on a pitying God, at whom ...

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The Balcony by Charles Baudelaire

The Balcony by Charles Baudelaire

Mother of memories, mistress of mistresses,O you, all my pleasures! O you, all my learning!You will remember the joy of caresses,the sweetness of home and the beauty of ...

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The Possessed by Charles Baudelaire

The Possessed by Charles Baudelaire

The sun in crepe has muffled up his fire.Moon of my life! Half shade yourself like him.Slumber or smoke. Be silent and be dim,And in the gulf of ennui plunge entire;I love you ...

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The Sick Muse by Charles Baudelaire

The Sick Muse by Charles Baudelaire

My impoverished muse, alas! What have you for me this morning? Your empty eyes are stocked with nocturnal visions, In your cheek's cold and taciturn reflection, I see insanity and ...

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Travelling Bohemians by Charles Baudelaire

Travelling Bohemians by Charles Baudelaire

The prophetic tribe of the ardent eyesYesterday they took the road, holding their babiesOn their backs, delivering to fierce appetitesThe always ready treasure of pendulous ...

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The End Of The Day by Charles Baudelaire

The End Of The Day by Charles Baudelaire

In all its raucous impudenceLife writhes, cavorts in pallid light,With little cause or consequence;And when, with darkling skies, the nightCasts over all its sensuous balm,Quells ...

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The Voyage by Charles Baudelaire

The Voyage by Charles Baudelaire

A Maxime du CampIFor the child, in love with globe, and stamps,the universe equals his vast appetite.Ah! How great the world is in the light of the lamps!In the eyes of memory, ...

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Spleen (Iv) by Charles Baudelaire

Spleen (Iv) by Charles Baudelaire

Quand le ciel bas et lourd pese comme un couvercleSur l'esprit gemissant en proie aux longs ennuis,Et que de l'horizon embrassant tout le cercleII nous verse un jour noir plus ...

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Le Mort Joyeux (The Joyful Corpse) by Charles Baudelaire

Le Mort Joyeux (The Joyful Corpse) by Charles Baudelaire

Dans une terre grasse et pleine d'escargotsJe veux creuser moi-meme une fosse profonde,Ou je puisse a loisir etaler mes vieux osEt dormir dans l'oubli comme un requin dans ...

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The Bad Monk by Charles Baudelaire

The Bad Monk by Charles Baudelaire

On the great walls of ancient cloisters were nailedMurals displaying Truth the saint,Whose effect, reheating the pious entrailsBrought to an austere chill a warming paint.In the ...

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Le Revenant (The Ghost) by Charles Baudelaire

Le Revenant (The Ghost) by Charles Baudelaire

Comme les anges a l'oeil fauve,Je reviendrai dans ton alcoveEt vers toi glisserai sans bruitAvec les ombres de la nuit;Et je te donnerai, ma brune,Des baisers froids comme la ...

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Une Charogne by Charles Baudelaire

Une Charogne by Charles Baudelaire

Rappelez-vous l'objet que nous vimes, mon ame,Ce beau matin d'ete si doux :Au detour d'un sentier une charogne infameSur un lit seme de cailloux,

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Avec Ses Vetements Ondoyants Et Nacres (With Waving Opalescense In Her Gown) by Charles Baudelaire

Avec Ses Vetements Ondoyants Et Nacres (With Waving Opalescense In Her Gown) by Charles Baudelaire

Avec ses vetements ondoyants et nacres,Meme quand elle marche on croirait qu'elle danse,Comme ces longs serpents que les jongleurs sacresAu bout de leurs batons agitent en ...

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Overcast by Charles Baudelaire

Overcast by Charles Baudelaire

Are they blue, gray or green? Mysterious eyes (as if in fact you were looking through a mist) in alternation tender, dreamy, grim to match the shiftless pallor of the sky. That's ...

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Lethe by Charles Baudelaire

Lethe by Charles Baudelaire

Come to my heart, cruel, insensible one, Adored tiger, monster with the indolent air;I would for a long time plunge my trembling fingersInto the heavy tresses of your hair; And in ...

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