Les Fleurs du Mal
Illustrated by Henri Matisse
Baudelaire's poem, L'examen de Minuit, with portrait
Published in 1947 by Bibliothèque Française, Paris
Baudelaire Collection
Vanderbilt University Central Library's W. T. Bandy Center
Midnight Enquiry
Excerpt/Trans. by Roy Cambell, p. 163


The clocks strike midnight one by one
Ironically to remind us,
And ask what profit we have won
Out of the day we've left behind us.
The Thirteenth, Friday, as it chances!
A fatal date; when all is said,
In spite of all we know, we've led
The most heretical of dances...