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Charles Baudelaire
Charles Baudelaire
1821-1867


Theme:    Praising Wine


L'Ame du Vin (original French)


Notes:
English poet William Ernest Henley also has wine that sings to him:  The Spirit of Wine.
- S. H. Bass   


more Charles Baudelaire at
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from Les fluers du mal (The Flowers of Evil):

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*

Prose poems:
Be Drunk* A/V
The Thyrsus:  To Franz Liszt

* multiple Englsh translations


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The Soul Of Wine
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet
translated by Franklin. P. Sturm (1879-1943), British poet


One eve in the bottle sang the soul of wine:
"Man, unto thee, dear disinherited,
I sing a song of love and light divine
Prisoned in glass beneath my seals of red.


"I know thou laborest on the hill of fire,
In sweat and pain beneath a flaming sun,
To give the life and soul my vines desire,
And I am grateful for thy labors done.

"For I find joys unnumbered when I lave
The throat of man by travail long outworn,
And his hot bosom is a sweeter grave
Of sounder sleep than my cold caves forlorn.

"Hearest thou not the echoing Sabbath sound?
The hope that whispers in my trembling breast?
Thy elbows on the table! gaze around;
Glorify me with joy and be at rest.

"To thy wife's eyes I'll bring their long-lost
gleam,
I'll bring back to thy child his strength and light,
To him, life's fragile athlete I will seem
Rare oil that firms his muscles for the fight.

"I flow in man's heart as ambrosia flows;
The grain the eternal Sower casts in the sod
From our first loves the first fair verse arose,
Flower-like aspiring to the heavens and God!"


from Baudelaire: 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.  
  Award-winning translation









         

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