Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LES HIBOUX, by CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

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First Line: Under the yew-tree's heavy weight
Last Line: That makes the wind change and the grasses.

UNDER the yew-tree's heavy weight
The owls stand in their sullen fashions,
Like Pagan gods of Pagan passions
They dart their eyes and meditate.
Unmoving they stare with living flame
Until the end of the melancholy
Hour sees the oblique sun set in folly,
And darkness falls in shades of shame.
Their aspect to the wise man teaches
All that he needs, all he beseeches,
Tumult and change and discontent;
The man drunk of a shadow that passes
Keeps always the imperishable scent
That makes the wind change and the grasses.

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