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My Former Life (La Vie antérieure)
by Charles Baudelaire (1857); translated by Wilfrid Thorley (1920).

Under vast colonnades that took the noon's
Sea-mirrored fire, I dwelt. In eve's dim light
The pillars showed majestic and upright
Like basalt caves wherein the wroth sea swoons;
The surge that mocked the sun's face and the moon's,
Merged as in solemn and most mystic rite
The hues of sunset waning on my sight
With mighty concord of immortal tunes.

I drank voluptuous calm amid the sheen
Of sea and sky and mirrored light serene;
Where naked slaves with bodies steeped in balms,
Eager to soothe the sorrow undivined
Whereof I grew most weary, fanned the wind
Athwart my brow with wafture of green palms.


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