When our gods fall
and we stand alone among wreckage,
as much without a hold for our feet any longer
as spheres in space -
then you are dimly seen for a moment, lofty Beauty.
Then, only then.
As stern as fire you speak consolation:
'Whatever else falls - I remain.'
O stay, stay, holy one,
and save my soul
from the falsehood of a measureless sorrow!

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

Swedish original

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Translation from Swedish into English: David McDuff

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David McDuff, translation.
May and Hans Mehlin, Layout.

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