H, by Arthur Rimbaud

Master Page, "H" translations

translated by Paul Schmidt (1967)

The mirror of the movements of Hortense

Images everything monstrous.

Her solitude is erotic mechanics,

Her lassitude the dynamics of love.

Under the guard of her childhood, she has been

For numerous ages and ages

The fiery purge of the race.

Her door is always open to suffering; there,

Human mortality dissolves in her passion, or in her acts.

The terrible shudder of hesitant love

On bleeding ground, in a hydrogen glare!

       Seek out Hortense.

Poet X