Love and Romance
(the dark side)
ŕ la Beauté (original French) audio
Other English translations:
To Beauty (1909 Scott) A/V
Hymn To Beauty (1919 Robertson)
To Beauty (2013 Bass)
more Charles Baudelaire
The Soul Of Wine
The Wine Of Lovers * A/V
The Wine Of The Murderer*
The Wine Of The Rag-Pickers
The Wine Of The Solitary*
Be Drunk* A/V
Thyrsus: To Franz Liszt
* multiple Englsh translations
Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet
by Dorothy Martin
heaven or hell, O Beauty, come you hence?
from your gaze, infernal and divine,
blended evil and beneficence,
therefore men have likened you to wine.
and dawn within your eyes are fair;
you scatter perfume into space;
kiss, a philtre from an amphora rare,
boys to courage and makes heroes base.
come you, from what spheres, or inky deeps,
careless hand joy and distress to strew?
like a dog at heel, behind you creeps;
govern all things here, and naught you rue.
walk upon the dead with scornful glances,
your gems Horror is not least fair;
the dearest of your baubles, dances
your haughty breast with amorous air.
around your flame the transient, turning,
and flames and cries, "Ah, heavenly doom!"
quivering lover o’er his mistress yearning
but a dying man who woos his tomb.
heaven or the abyss? Let questioning be,
artless monster wreaking endless pain,
that your smile and glance throw wide to me
infinite that I have loved in vain.
Satan or from God? Holy or vile?
questioning rest. O soft-eyed sprite, my queen,
rhythm, perfume, light — so you beguile
from his slothfulness, the world from spleen.
from The Flowers
Of Evil (1928)
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE at AMAZON
Les Fluers du Mal (The Flowers of Evil)
by Charles Baudelaire / Richard Howard (trans.)
French and English.