Two editions of Fleurs du mal were published in Baudelaire's lifetime — one in 1857 and an expanded edition in 1861. "Scraps" and censored poems were collected in Les Épaves in 1866. After Baudelaire died the following year, a "definitive" edition appeared in 1868.
Contemple-les, mon âme; ils sont vraiment affreux!
Leurs yeux, d'où la divine étincelle est partie,
Ils traversent ainsi le noir illimité,
Eprise du plaisir jusqu'à l'atrocité,
— Charles Baudelaire
Contemplate them, my soul; they are truly frightful!
Their eyes, from which the divine spark has departed,
Thus they go across the boundless darkness,
In love with pleasure to the point of cruelty,
— William Aggeler, The Flowers of Evil (Fresno, CA: Academy Library Guild, 1954)
My soul, survey them, dreadful as they seem.
Their eyes, from which the heavenly spark has flown
They traverse thus the illimitable Dark,
By pleasure blinded even to horror, I,
— Roy Campbell, Poems of Baudelaire (New York: Pantheon Books, 1952)