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The Evil Monk (Le Mauvais Moine)
by Charles Baudelaire (1857); translated by Cyril Scott (1909).

The cloisters old, expounded on their walls
With paintings, the Beatic Verity,
The which — ado'rning their religious halls,
Enriched the frigidness of their Austerity.

In days when Christian seeds bloomed o'er the land,
Full many a noble monk unknown to-day,
Upon the field of tombs would take his stand,
Exalting Death in rude and simple way.

My soul is a tomb where — bad monk that I be —
I dwell and search its depths from all eternity,
And nought bedecks the walls of the odious spot.

Oh sluggard monk! when shall I glean aright
From the living spectacle of my bitter lot,
To mold my handywork and mine eyes' Delight?

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