A Walk around Paris by Diane Duchêne

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Agia Paraskevi

Épilogue de Charles Baudelaire (petits poèmes en prose)

Le cœur content, je suis monté sur la montagne D’où l’on peut contempler la ville en son ampleur, Hôpital, lupanars, purgatoire, enfer, bagne,

Où toute énormité fleurit comme une fleur. Tu sais bien, ô Satan, patron de ma détresse, Que je n’allais pas là pour répandre un vain pleur ;

Mais comme un vieux paillard d’une vieille maîtresse, Je voulais m’enivrer de l’énorme catin Dont le charme infernal me rajeunit sans cesse.

Que tu dormes encor dans les draps du matin, Lourde, obscure, enrhumée, ou que tu te pavanes Dans les voiles du soir passementés d’or fin,

Je t’aime, ô capitale infâme ! Courtisanes Et bandits, tels souvent vous offrez des plaisirs Que ne comprennent pas les vulgaires profanes.

Epilogue by Charles Baudelaire

With quiet heart, I climbed the hill, From which one can see, the city, complete, Hospitals, brothels, purgatory, hell, prison,

Where every sin flowers, at our feet. You know well, Satan, patron of my distress, I did not trudge up there to vainly weep,

But like an old man with an old mistress, I longed to intoxicate myself, with the infernal delight Of the vast procuress, who can always make things fresh.

Whether you still sleep in the morning light, Heavy, dark, rheumatic, or whether your hands Flutter, in your pure, gold-edged veils of night,

I love you, infamous capital! Courtesans And pimps, you often offer pleasures The vulgar mob will never understand.


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