Charles Baudelaire – alchimie de la douleur (poem

One man lights you with his ardor, Another puts you in mourning, Nature! That which says to one: sepulcher! Says to another: life! glory! You have always frightened me, Hermes the unknown, you who help me You make me the peer of Midas, The saddest of all alchemists; Through you I change gold to iron And make of paradise a hell; In the winding sheet of the clouds I discover a beloved corpse, And on the celestial shores I build massive sarcophagi

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