by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)
Translation by Cyril Meir Scott (1879 - 1970)

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
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Oft Music possesses me like the seas!
	To my planet pale,
'Neath a ceiling of mist, in the lofty breeze,
	I set my sail.

With inflated lungs and expanded chest,
	Like to a sail,
On the backs of the heaped-up billows I rest—
	Which the shadows veil—

I feel all the anguish within me arise
	Of a ship in distress;
The tempest, the rain, 'neath the lowering skies,

	My body caress;
At times, the calm pool or the mirror clear
	Of my despair!

Confirmed with The Flowers of Evil [by Charles Baudelaire; translated into English verse by Cyril Scott], London: Elkin Mathews, 1909, page 48.


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