Charles Baudelaire

(9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867 / Paris)

De Profundis Clamavi - Poem by Charles Baudelaire

Have pity, You alone whom I adore
From down this black pit where my heart is sped,
A sombre universe ringed round with lead
Where fear and curses the long night explore.

Six months a cold sun hovers overhead;
The other six is night upon this land.
No beast; no stream; no wood; no leaves expand.
The desert Pole is not a waste so dead.

Now in the whole world there's no horror quite
so cold and cruel as this glacial sun,
So like old Chaos as this boundless night;

I envy the least animals that run,
Which can find respite in brute slumber drowned,
So slowly is the skein of time unwound.

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  • (2/9/2012 6:26:00 AM)

    De Profundis Clamavi means From the Depths, I cried. It's a very Promethean curse. where fear and curses the long night explore so cold and cruel this glacial sun, so like old chaos as this boundless night (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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