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Semper Eadem (Semper eadem)
by Charles Baudelaire (1861); translated by Cyril Scott (1909).

"From whence it comes, you ask, this gloom acute,
Like waves that o'er the rocky headland fall?"
— When once our hearts have gathered in their fruit,
To live is a curse! a secret known to all,

A grief, quite simple, nought mysterious,
And like your joy — for all, both loud and shrill,
Nay cease to clammour, be not e'er so curious!
And yet although your voice is sweet, be still!

Be still, O soul, with rapture ever rife!
O mouth, with the childish smile! Far more than Life,
The subtle bonds of Death around us twine.

Let — let my heart, the wine of falsehood drink,
And dream-like, deep within your fair eyes sink,
And in the shade of thy lashes long recline!

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