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The Vowels (Voyelles)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1871); translated by William John Robertson (1895).

Black A, white E, red I, green U, blue O,
Vowels that echo like remote carillions:
A, sheen of black-haired corselet on winged millions
Round cruel stenches buzzing to and fro;

Gulfs of gloom. E, clear vapours and pavilions,
White kings, thrilled blossoms, spears of frozen snow;
I, purples, blood-dews, crimson lips aglow
With shame of rosy limbs on languorous pillions:

U, spheres, divine vibrations of green surges,
Calm of meads sown with beeves, æthereal verges,
Calm wreathed on furrowed foreheads of the wise;

O, supreme clarion shrilling forth strange clamours,
Silences cloven of worlds and angels, glamours;
Omega, O the beam of Her blue eyes!

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