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La Pipe
from Les Fleurs du Mal
by Charles Baudelaire

Je suis la pipe d'un auteur;
I am the pipe of an author;
On voit, à contempler ma mine
One can see from the way I appear,
D'Abyssinienne ou de Cafrine,
As if from Abyssinia or Kafir,
Que mon maître est un grand fumeur.
That my master is a great smoker.

Quand il est comblé de douleur,
When he has had his fill of suffering,
Je fume comme la chaumine
I smoke like a thatched cottage
Où se prépare la cuisine
Where they prepare the pottage
Pour le retour du laboureur.
For the worker's return from laboring.

J'enlace et je berce son âme
I entwine around and sway his soul
Dans le réseau mobile et bleu
With a blue web that aspires
Qui monte de ma bouche en feu,
Ascending from my mouth like fire,

Et je roule un puissant dictame
And it's a strong remedy I unroll
Qui charme son coeur et guérit
That charms his heart and puts balm near it
De ses fatigues son esprit.
To cure his weariness of spirit.

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