Here’s Charles Baudelaire’s The Abyss.
The poem is from R J Dent’s translation of The Flowers of Evil, published by Solar Books.
Details can be found here:
The Abyss has been set to music by the Finnish composer/musician Outi Tarkiainen.
The first performance of The Abyss was in Helsinki in September 2009.
Here’s the video clip:
Translation © R J Dent 2009/Music © Outi Tarkiainen 2009
And here are the lyrics:
Charles Baudelaire’s The Abyss
Pascal had his abyss that followed him.
Everything is abyss: action, desire, dream – word.
I feel the wind of fear pass frequently
through my thick hair, which often stands on end,
up and down, everywhere, into the depths,
through silence, space, captivating, ugly…
During my nights, a god with clever hands
draws never-ending multi-shaped nightmares
and I’m afraid of sleep – it’s a big hole
full of horrors that lead to the unknown.
Windows show me infinity. Seeing
it, my hurt mind suffers from vertigo.
How I envy the sense of nothingness;
I’m never free of numbers or of beings.
Translation © R J Dent (2009)