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Charles Baudelaire
Charles Baudelaire
1821-1867


Theme:   Poetry and Poets


Le Vin du solitaire (original French) 

More English translations:
The Wine of the Solitary (2013 Bass)


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from Les fluers du mal (The Flowers of Evil):

Hymn To Beauty  * A/V
The Soul Of Wine
The Wine Of Lovers * A/V
The Wine of the Murderer  *
The Wine of the Rag-Pickers

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

* multiple Englsh translations


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The Wine of the Solitary Man
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet
translated by Lewis Paiget Shanks (1878-1935)

the wildering glances of a harlot fair
seen gliding toward us like the silver wake
of undulant moonlight on the quivering lake
when Phoebe bathes her languorous beauty there;

the last gold coins a gambler's fingers hold;
the wanton kiss of love-worn Adeline,
the wheedling songs that leave the will supine
– like far-off cries of sorrow unconsoled –

all these, o bottle deep, were never worth
the pungent balsams in thy fertile girth
stored for the pious poet's thirsty heart;

thou pourest hope and youth and strength anew,
– and pride, this treasure of the beggar-crew,
that lifts us like triumphant gods, apart!


from Flowers of Evil (1931)


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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