DescriptionThere is one uglier, wickeder, more shameless!
Although he makes no large gestures
nor loud cries
He willingly would make rubbish of the earth
And with a yawn swallow the world;
He is Ennui!
His eye filled with an unwished-for tear,
He dreams of scaffolds
while puffing at his hookah.
You know him, reader, this exquisite monster,
Hypocrite reader, my likeness, my brother!
- Originally by Charles Baudulier
Translation by Eli Siegel
(line organization reformatted
due to space limiatations)