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

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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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 93

La morte degli amanti
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the French (Français) 
Avremo letti colmi di aromi leggeri,
e divani come le tombe  profondi,
e sopra le mensole staranno strani fiori,
solo per noi sbocciati sotto i cieli più belli.

A gara consumando la loro ultima brace
i nostri cuori arderanno come fiaccole grandi,
e splenderà il riflesso della loro doppia luce,
dentro le anime nostre, come specchi gemelli.

In una sera intessuta di rosa e di azzurro mistico,
fra noi due  correrà un istante unico,
come, pesante di addii, nasce un lungo singhiozzo;

E un angelo più tardi, spalancando le porte,
verrà a ravvivare, fedele e gioioso
gli specchi appannati e le fiamme ormai morte.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-03-23
Line count: 14
Word count: 104