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The Venal Muse (La Muse vénale)
by Charles Baudelaire (1857); translated by Cyril Scott (1909).

Oh Muse of my heart — so fond of palaces old,
Wilt have — when New-Year speeds its wintry blast,
Amid those tedious nights, with snow o'ercast,
A log to warm thy feet, benumbed with cold?

Wilt thou thy marbled shoulders then revive
With nightly rays that through thy shutters peep?
And — void thy purse and void thy palace — reap
A golden hoard within some azure hive?

Thou must, to earn thy daily bread, each night,
Suspend the censer like an acolyte,
Te-Deums sing, with sanctimonious ease,

Or as a famished mountebank, with jokes obscene
Essay to lull the vulgar rabble's spleen;
Thy laughter soaked in tears which no one sees.


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