by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

J'implore ta pitié, Toi, l'unique que...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ITA
J'implore ta pitié, Toi, l'unique que j'aime,
Du fond du gouffre obscur où mon cœur est tombé.
C'est un univers morne à l'horizon plombé,
Où nagent dans la nuit l'horreur et le blasphème ;

Un soleil sans chaleur plane au-dessus six mois,
Et les six autres mois la nuit couvre la terre ;
C'est un pays plus nu que la terre polaire ;
-- Ni bêtes, ni ruisseaux, ni verdure, ni bois !

Or il n'est pas d'horreur au monde qui surpasse
La froide cruauté de ce soleil de glace,
Et cette immense nuit semblable au vieux Chaos ;

Je jalouse le sort des plus vils animaux
Qui peuvent se plonger dans un sommeil stupide
Tant l'écheveau du temps lentement se dévide !

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Confirmed with Les Fleurs du mal, Spleen et Idéal, Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1857, pages 69-70. Also confirmed with Les Fleurs du mal, Spleen et Idéal, Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1861, pages 70-71. Also confirmed with Œuvres complètes de Charles Baudelaire, vol. I : Les Fleurs du mal, Spleen et Idéal, Paris: Michel Lévy frères, 1868, page 130. Punctuation follows 1857 edition. Note: this was number 28 in the 1857 edition of Les Fleurs du mal but number 30 or 31 in subsequent editions.

First published April 9, 1851 as "La Béatrix" in Le Messager de l'Assemblée. Also published June 1, 1855 as "Le Spleen" in Revue des Deux Mondes.


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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Stefan George (1868 - 1933) , first published 1891 ; composed by Alban Maria Johannes Berg.

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  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "De profundis clamavi"
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "De Profundis clamavi", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ROM Romanian (Română) (Alexandru I. Philippide) , "De profundis clamavi"


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De Profundis clamavi
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the French (Français) 
A te imploro pietà, a te, che sola io amo,
dall'oscuro fondo d'abisso dove è affondato il mio cuore.
E' un universo tetro dall'orizzonte di piombo,
nella cui notte nuotano la bestemmia e l'orrore.

Un sole che non scalda vi penetra per sei mesi,
e per altri sei mesi la notte copre la terra;
più delle calotte polari sono nudi i paesi,
Non animali, né fiumi, né foreste, né erba!

Al mondo non esiste orrore più vasto
della crudeltà fredda di questo sole di ghiaccio,
di questa notte immensa simile al Caos primordiale.

Così invidio la sorte di ogni più vile animale
che può stordirsi, al fondo del suo sonno immerso,
mentre si dipana lenta la matassa del tempo.

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