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The Pipe (La Pipe)
by Charles Baudelaire (1857); translated by Richard Herne Shephard (1879).

A poet's pipe am I;
And my Abyssinian tint
Is an unmistakable hint
That he lays me not often by.

When he is with grief o'erworn,
I smoke like the cottage where
They are cooking the evening fare
For the labourer's return.

I enfold and cradle his soul
In the vapour moving and blue
That mounts from my fiery mouth;

And there is power in my bowl
To charm his spirit and soothe,
And heal his weariness too.


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