Poem, Femmes Damnées, p. 181-182
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal
Illustrations de Dignimont
Published in 1947 by Editions de la Maison Française [NY]
Baudelaire Collection
Vanderbilt University Central Library's W. T. Bandy Center
for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies
Damned Women
Excerpt/Trans. by Roy Campbell


Like pensive cattle lying on the sand
They scan the far horizon of the ocean,
Foot seeking foot, hand magnetising hand,
With sweet or bitter tremors of emotion.


Some with their hearts absorbed in confidences,
Deep in the woods, where streamlets chatter free,
Spell the loved names of childish, timid fancies...