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The Giantess (La Géante)
by Charles Baudelaire (1857); translated by Wilfrid Thorley (1920).

I would it had been mine in Time remote
When Nature's womb a monstrous brood begat,
Upon some maiden giantess to dote,
As at a queen's feet some voluptuous cat;
To watch her body budding, with her mind
Growing in dreadful frolic; and dislimn
The sombre furnace gathering heat behind
The misty veil that in her eyes did swim;
Over her mighty shape to roam at ease,
Crawl on the slope of her enormous knees;
Or when the sultry heat of summer drove
My mistress prone athwart the grassy space,
Drowsed in the shadow of her breasts, not move
Like a still hamlet at a mountain's base.


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