I give to you these verses...
I give to you these verses, that if in
Some future time my name lands happily
To bring brief pleasure to humanity,
The craft supported by a great north wind,
Your memory, like tales from ancient times,
Will bore the reader like a dulcimer,
And by a strange fraternal chain live here
As if suspended in my lofty rhymes.
From deepest pit into the highest sky
Damned being, only I can bear you now.
- 0 shadow, barely present to the eye,
You lightly step, with a serene regard
On mortal fools who've judged you mean and hard -
Angel with eyes of jet, great burnished brow!
Přeložil James McGowan