English poetry

Poems in English

THE GHOST

SOFTLY as brown-eyed Angels rove I will return to thy alcove, And glide upon the night to thee, Treading the […]

THE TEMPTATION

THE Demon, in my chamber high, This morning came to visit me, And, thinking he would find some fault, He […]

The Sick Muse

My impoverished muse, alas! What have you for me this morning? Your empty eyes are stocked with nocturnal visions, In […]

BEAUTY

I AM as lovely as a dream in stone, And this my heart where each finds death in turn, Inspires […]

Travelling Bohemians

The prophetic tribe of the ardent eyes Yesterday they took the road, holding their babies On their backs, delivering to […]

The Albatross

Often, to amuse themselves, the crew of the ship Would fell an albatross, the largest of sea birds, Indolent companions […]

SPLEEN

I’M like some king in whose corrupted veins Flows agиd blood; who rules a land of rains; Who, young in […]

REVERSIBILITY

ANGEL of gaiety, have you tasted grief? Shame and remorse and sobs and weary spite, And the vague terrors of […]

BALCONY

MOTHER of memories, mistress of mistresses, O thou, my pleasure, thou, all my desire, Thou shalt recall the beauty of […]

The Enemy

My youth was nothing but a black storm Crossed now and then by brilliant suns. The thunder and the rain […]

A FORMER LIFE

LONG since, I lived beneath vast porticoes, By many ocean-sunsets tinged and fired, Where mighty pillars, in majestic rows, Seemed […]

CONTEMPLATION

THOU, O my Grief, be wise and tranquil still, The eve is thine which even now drops down, To carry […]

Benediction

When, by decree of the supreme power, The Poet appears in this annoyed world, His mother, blasphemous out of horror […]

L’Invitation au Voyage

Mon enfant, ma soeur, Songe à la douceur, D’aller là-bas, vivre ensemble! Aimer à loisir, Aimer et mourir, Au pays […]

BIEN LOIN D’ICI

HERE is the chamber consecrate, Wherein this maiden delicate, And enigmatically sedate, Fans herself while the moments creep, Upon her […]

Harmonie du Soir

Voici venir les temps oщ vibrant sur sa tige Chaque fleur s’йvapore ainsi qu’un encensoir; Les sons et les parfums […]

Correspondences

Nature is a temple where the living pillars Let go sometimes a blurred speech- A Forest of symbols passes through […]

THE IRREPARABLE

AN we suppress the old Remorse Who bends our heart beneath his stroke, Who feeds, as worms feed on the […]

Le Gout du Néant

Morne esprit, autrefois amoureux de la lutte, L’Espoir, dont l’éperon attisait ton ardeur, Ne veut plus t’enfourcher! Couche-toi sans pudeur, […]

Spleen (IV)

Quand le ciel bas et lourd pèse comme un couvercle Sur l’esprit gémissant en proie aux longs ennuis, Et que […]

THE SEVEN OLD MEN

O SWARMING city, city full of dreams, Where in a full day the spectre walks and speaks; Mighty colossus, in […]

THE EYES OF BEAUTY

YOU are a sky of autumn, pale and rose; But all the sea of sadness in my blood Surges, and […]

Une Charogne

Rappelez-vous l’objet que nous vîmes, mon âme, Ce beau matin d’été si doux : Au détour d’un sentier une charogne […]

The Bad Monk

On the great walls of ancient cloisters were nailed Murals displaying Truth the saint, Whose effect, reheating the pious entrails […]

TO A BROWN BEGGAR-MAID

WHITE maiden with the russet hair, Whose garments, through their holes, declare That poverty is part of you, And beauty […]

SONNET OF AUTUMN

THEY say to me, thy clear and crystal eyes: “Why dost thou love me so, strange lover mine?” Be sweet, […]

EXOTIC PERFUME

WHEN with closed eyes in autumn’s eves of gold I breathe the burning odours of your breast, Before my eyes […]

Beacons

Reubens, river of forgetfulness, garden of sloth, Pillow of wet flesh that one cannot love, But where life throngs and […]

MUSIC

MUSIC doth uplift me like a sea Towards my planet pale, Then through dark fogs or heaven’s infinity I lift […]

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