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Vigils III (Veillées III)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

With the sound of waves that softly caress the ship's hull as it moves through the night, the hangings stir in the glow of the lamps that light our vigil.

Like the breasts of Amélie is the sea that shares our vigil.

Like doves fluttering in a green coppice, our thoughts are caught in the meshes of the emerald curtains. . . .

But that black hearthstone is real—that is a real sun shining over the sands. Ah, wells of magic; this, our only glimpse of Aurora.


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