Pray for one thing:
deep earnestness
- that which proved fatal to many -
But pray for one more thing more,
a thing that only the strong are granted:
taciturnity of heart.

Translated into English by David McDuff in "Karin Boye: Complete poems".

Swedish original

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Translation from Swedish into English: David McDuff

Published with the permission of:
David McDuff, translation.
May and Hans Mehlin, Layout.

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