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Sale (Solde)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

To be sold—that which the Jews have not sold, that which neither nobility nor crime has tasted, that which is ignored by the accursed love and the infernal honesty of the masses! That which time and science need not recognize:

Reconstituted voices: the brotherly awakening of all choral and orchestral energies, and their instantaneous application! A unique opportunity to redeem our senses!

To be sold—Bodies without a price, outside any race, any world, any sex, any descent! Riches gushing out at every step! Uncontrolled sale of diamonds.

To be sold—anarchy for the masses; irrepressible satisfaction for superior amateurs; a horrible death for the faithful and for lovers!

To be sold—dwelling houses and migrations, sports, fairy scenes and perfect comfort, and the noise, the movement and the future that they make.

To be sold—the applying of calculation and the leaps of incredible harmonies! Unsuspected treasures and terms—immediate possession.

Mad and infinite flight towards invisible splendours, towards imperceptible delights, and its distracting secrets for every vice, and its terrifying gaiety for the crowd.

To be sold—bodies, voices, immense and unquestionable opulence, that which one will never sell. Those who sell have not yet come to an end of the sale! Travellers need not return their commissions so soon.

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