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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Beauty
By Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867)
 
Translation of Miss Katharine Hillard

BEAUTIFUL am I as a dream in stone;
  And for my breast, where each falls bruised in turn,
  The poet with an endless love must yearn—
Endless as Matter, silent and alone.
 
A sphinx unguessed, enthroned in azure skies,        5
  White as the swan, my heart is cold as snow;
  No hated motion breaks my lines’ pure flow,
Nor tears nor laughter ever dim mine eyes.
 
Poets, before the attitudes sublime
  I seem to steal from proudest monuments,        10
In austere studies waste the ling’ring time;
  For I possess, to charm my lover’s sight,
  Mirrors wherein all things are fair and bright—
  My eyes, my large eyes of eternal light!
 
 
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