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An Ideal Of Love (L'Idéal)
by Charles Baudelaire (1857); translated by Guy Thorne (1915).

I hate those beauties in old prints,
Those faded, simpering, slippered pets;
Vignetted in a room of chintz,
And clacking silly castanets.

I leave Gavarni all his dolls,
His sickly harems, pale and wan,
The beauties of the hospitals
I do not wish to look upon.

Red roses are the roses real!
Among the pale and virginal
Sad flowers, I find not my ideal
. . . Vermilion or cardinal!

The panther-women hold my heart —
Macbeth's dark wife, of men accurst,
. . . A dream of Æschylus thou art,
'Tis such as thou shall quench my thirst!

. . . Or Michelangelo's daughter, Night,
Who broods on her own beauty, she
For whose sweet mouth the Giants fight,
Queen of my ideal love shall be!


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