by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)
Translation by Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva (1892 - 1941)

Ô Mort, vieux capitaine, il est temps!...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG ITA
Ô Mort, vieux capitaine, il est temps! levons l'ancre! 
[Ce]1 pays nous ennuie, ô Mort! Appareillons! 
Si le ciel et la mer sont noirs comme de l'encre, 
Nos coeurs que tu connais sont remplis de rayons! 

Verse-nous ton poison pour qu'il nous réconforte! 
Nous voulons, tant ce feu qui nous brûle le cerveau, 
Plonger au fond du gouffre. Enfer ou Ciel, qu'importe? 
Au fond de l'Inconnu pour trouver du nouveau!

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ernst Ludwig Schellenberg (1883 - 1964) ; composed by Erich J. Wolff.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov.

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Смерть! Старый капитан! В дорогу! Ставь...
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the French (Français) 
Смерть! Старый капитан! В дорогу! Ставь ветрило!
Нам скучен этот край! О, Смерть, скорее в путь!
Пусть небо и вода — куда черней чернила,
Знай, тысячами солнц сияет наша грудь!

Обманутым пловцам раскрой свои глубины!
Мы жаждем, обозрев под солнцем всё, что есть,
На дно твоё нырнуть — Ад или Рай — едино! —
В неведомого глубь — чтоб новое обресть!

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Text added to the website: 2019-08-11 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-10-21 21:34:12
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