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.
Le Rêve d'un Curieux
À Félix Nadar
Connais-tu, comme moi, la douleur savoureuse
Angoisse et vif espoir, sans humeur factieuse.
J'étais comme l'enfant avide du spectacle,
J'étais mort sans surprise, et la terrible aurore
— Charles Baudelaire
The Dream of a Curious Man
Do you know as I do, delectable suffering?
Anguish and bright hopes; without internal strife.
I was like a child eager for the play,
I had died and was not surprised; the awful dawn
— William Aggeler, The Flowers of Evil (Fresno, CA: Academy Library Guild, 1954)
Dream of a Curious Person
Have you known such a savoury grief as I?
Anguish and ardent hope (no factious whim)
I seemed a child, so keen to see the Show
I felt that dreadful dawn around me grow
— Roy Campbell, Poems of Baudelaire (New York: Pantheon Books, 1952)