by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)
Translation by Delfim Guimarães (1872 - 1933)

Souvent, pour s'amuser, les hommes...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG HUN ITA
Souvent, pour s'amuser, les hommes d'équipage
Prennent des albatros, vastes oiseaux des mers,
Qui suivent, indolents compagnons de voyage,
Le navire glissant sur les gouffres amers.

À peine les ont-ils déposés sur les planches,
Que ces rois de l'azur, maladroits et honteux,
Laissent piteusement leurs grandes ailes blanches
Comme des avirons traîner à côté d'eux.

Ce voyageur ailé, comme il est gauche et veule !
Lui, naguère si beau, qu'il est comique et laid !
L'un agace son bec avec un brûle-gueule,
L'autre mime, en boitant, l'infirme qui volait !

Le Poëte est semblable au prince des nuées
Qui hante la tempête et se rit de l'archer ;
Exilé sur le sol au milieu des huées,
Ses ailes de géant l'empêchent de marcher.

E. Chausson sets stanzas 1-2, 4

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du mal, Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1861, in Spleen et Idéal, pages 11-12.

Note: modern French spelling would change "Poëte" (stanza 4, line 1) to "Poète"


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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Haasz) , "Albatros"
  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , "The albatross", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "’Z albatrosz", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Árpád Tóth) , "Az albatrosz", written 1918
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "L'albatro", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Bronisława Ostrowska) , "Albatros", Kraków, first published 1911
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Delfim Guimarães) , "O albatroz"
  • ROM Romanian (Română) (Alexandru I. Philippide) , "Albatrosul"


Research team for this text: Ted Perry , Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 123

O albatroz
Language: Portuguese (Português)  after the French (Français) 
Às vezes no alto mar, distrai-se a marinhagem
Na caça do albatroz, ave enorme e voraz,
Que segue pelo azul a embarcação em viagem,
Num vôo triunfal, numa carreira audaz.

Mas quando o albatroz se vê preso, estendido
Nas tábuas do convés, — pobre rei destronado!
Que pena que ele faz, humilde e constrangido,
As asas imperiais caídas para o lado!

Dominador do espaço, eis perdido o seu nimbo!
Era grande e gentil, ei-lo o grotescio verme!...
Chega-lhe um ao bico o fogo do cachimbo,
Mutila um outro a pata ao voador inerme.

O Poeta é semelhante a essa águia marinha
Que desdenha da seta, e afronta os vendavais;
Exilado na terra, entre a plebe escarninha,
Não o deixam andar as asas colossais!

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Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2019-08-11
Line count: 16
Word count: 123