Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | April 30, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Peaceful Eyes My Only Wealth

by Paul Verlaine (1844 – 1896).


Peaceful Eyes My Only Wealth (1880)


Gaspard Hauser sings:



Peaceful eyes my only wealth

Calm orphan I arrived


In the cities of men.


At twenty new stirrings—                       5

Love’s fever so-called—

Made women lovely

Me unlovely to them.


Stateless un-kinged

Brave coward                                             10

I went to war to die.

Death turned me down.


Was I born too early?

Or too late?  Or why at all?

People, I’m a pit of pain.                         15

Say prayers for poor Gaspard.


(Transl. by Martin Sorrell)




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