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Mystic (Mystique)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

On the gently rising slopes of the hill, the angels bleach their woollen robes in the herbage of steel and emerald.

Meadows of flame leap up the breast of the hill. On the ridge to the left, the ground is trampled by the feet of all the murderers and of all the battles of the world; and there, all disastrous rumours spin their crooked threads. Behind the ridge on the right, is the line of the Orient, of progress.

And whilst the group at the top of the picture is formed of the eddying, leaping murmurs of sea-shells and human nights,

The flowery softness of the stars, and of the heavens and the misty deeps, overflows in front of the hill, as from a basket, and makes the blue abyss to blossom.


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