du Vin (original French)
William Ernest Henley also
has wine that sings to him: The Spirit of Wine.
- S. H. Bass
more Charles Baudelaire
Les fluers du mal (The Flowers
Hymn To Beauty * A/V
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
Soul Of Wine
Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet
translated by Franklin. P. Sturm
(1879-1943), British poet
eve in the bottle sang the soul of wine:
unto thee, dear disinherited,
sing a song of love and light divine
in glass beneath my seals of red.
know thou laborest on the hill of fire,
sweat and pain beneath a flaming sun,
give the life and soul my vines desire,
I am grateful for thy labors done.
I find joys unnumbered when I lave
throat of man by travail long outworn,
his hot bosom is a sweeter grave
sounder sleep than my cold caves forlorn.
thou not the echoing Sabbath sound?
hope that whispers in my trembling breast?
elbows on the table! gaze around;
me with joy and be at rest.
thy wife's eyes I'll bring their long-lost gleam,
bring back to thy child his strength and light,
him, life's fragile athlete I will seem
oil that firms his muscles for the fight.
flow in man's heart as ambrosia flows;
grain the eternal Sower casts in the sod
our first loves the first fair verse arose,
aspiring to the heavens and God!"
His Prose and Poetry (1919)
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE at AMAZON
Les Fluers du Mal (The Flowers of Evil)
by Charles Baudelaire / Richard Howard (trans.)
French and English.