Ch. Baudelaire – Les Chats

Amis de la science et de la volupté

Ils cherchent le silence et l’horreur des ténèbres;

L’Erèbe les eût pris pour ses coursiers funèbres,

S’ils pouvaient au servage incliner leur fierté.



click for translation

Friends both to lust and learning,

they frequent Silence, and love the horror darkness breeds.

Erebus would have chosen them for steeds
To hearses, could their pride to it have bent. (Roy Campbell)

* painting is: Cat head by E. Delacroix


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