Friday, October 1, 2010

"the innocence of your fragrance"

Because the rare perfume
Of your swanlike paleness,
Because the innocence
  Of your fragrance,

Ah, because all your being,
Music so piercing,
Clouds of lost angels,
  Tones and scents,

Has by soft cadences
With its correspondences,
Lured my subtle heart, Oh
  Let it be so!

From "To Clymène" by Paul Verlaine, translated by A.S Kline, text from Poetry in Translation

Study to the Morning, Philipp Otto Runge, 1809


Cat Fish said...

A perfect pairing of poem and picture...

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this, Maria.