by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)
Translation © by John Kinsella (b. 1963)

La musique
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ITA
La musique [parfois]1 me prend comme une mer !
	Vers ma pâle étoile,
Sous un plafond de brume ou dans un [pur]2 éther,
	Je mets à la voile ;

La poitrine en avant et [gonflant mes poumons
	De toile pesante,
Je monte et je descends sur le dos des grands monts
	D'eau retentissante ;]3

Je sens vibrer en moi toutes les passions
	D'un vaisseau qui souffre
Le bon vent, la tempête et ses convulsions

	Sur l'immense gouffre
Me [bercent, et parfois le calme, -- grand]4 miroir
	De mon désespoir !

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Confirmed with Les Fleurs du mal, Spleen et Idéal, Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1857, pages 174-175. Also confirmed with Les Fleurs du mal, Spleen et Idéal, Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1861, pages 158-159. Also confirmed with Œuvres complètes de Charles Baudelaire, vol. I : Les Fleurs du mal, Spleen et Idéal, Paris: Michel Lévy frères, 1868, page 192. Punctuation follows 1857 edition. Note: this was number 76 in the 1857 edition of Les Fleurs du mal but number 69 or 71 in subsequent editions.

1 1857 edition, 1861 edition, E. Carter, and G. Charpentier: "souvent"
2 1857 edition, 1861 edition, E. Carter, and G. Charpentier: "vaste"
3 1857 edition, 1861 edition, E. Carter, and G. Charpentier: "les poumons gonflés / Comme de la toile, / J'escalade le dos des flots amoncelés / Que la nuit me voile ;"
4 1857 edition, 1861 edition, E. Carter, and G. Charpentier: "bercent. D'autres fois, calme plat, grand"

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Music (La musique)
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Music often carries me away like a sea!
Toward my pale star,
Beneath a ceiling of mist or in a vast sky,
I cast anchor;

My chest a bowsprit and lungs billowing
Like sails,
I scale the back of waves gathering
As night drops its veil;

I feel all the passions of a stricken
Vessel vibrating inside me;
The fair wind, the tempest and its convulsions

Upon the immense gulf rock me.
At other times, becalmed, great mirror
Of my despair!

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This text was added to the website: 2016-05-19
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Word count: 81