by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)
Translation © by Peter Low

La mort des amants
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA SPA
Nous aurons des lits pleins d'odeurs légères,
Des divans profonds comme des tombeaux,
Et d'étranges fleurs sur des étagères,
Écloses pour nous sous des cieux plus beaux.

Usant à l'envi leurs chaleurs dernières,
Nos deux cœurs seront deux vastes flambeaux,
Qui réfléchiront leurs doubles lumières
Dans nos deux esprits, ces miroirs jumeaux.

Un soir [plein]1 de rose et de bleu mystique,
Nous échangerons un éclair unique,
Comme un long sanglot, tout chargé d'adieux ;

Et [bientôt]2 un Ange, entr'ouvrant les portes,
Viendra ranimer, fidèle et joyeux,
Les miroirs ternis et les flammes mortes.

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Confirmed with Les Fleurs du mal, La Mort, Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1857, pages 243-244. Note: this was number 98 in the first edition of Les Fleurs du mal but number 121 or 146 in subsequent editions.

1 1861 and 1868 editions, Bachlund, Charpentier, Debussy, Desbonnet, van Deurzen: "fait"
2 1861 and 1868 editions, Bachlund, Charpentier, Debussy, Desbonnet, van Deurzen: "plus tard"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "The death of the lovers", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Cyril Meir Scott) , "The Death of the Lovers", appears in The Flowers of Evil, London, Elkin Mathews, first published 1909
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Stefan George) , "Der Tod der Liebenden", appears in Die Blumen des Bösen, in Der Tod, Berlin: Bondi, first published 1901
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La morte degli amanti", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Bronisława Ostrowska) , "Śmierć Kochanków", Kraków, first published 1911
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Victor Torres) , "La muerte de los amantes", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The death of the lovers
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
We will have beds filled with light perfumes,
divans as deep as tombs,
and displays of exotic flowers
which have bloomed for us under fairer skies.

Vying to use up their final heat
our hearts will be two huge torches
reflecting their double light
in the twin mirrors of our two spirits.

On an evening that is all mystic blue and pink
we will exchange a single lightning-flash
like one long sob, laden with farewells;

And later, an angel, nudging open the doors,
will enter, faithful and joyous, to revive
the tarnished mirrors and dead flames.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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