Say, where does the world's heart burn,
the world's heart of fire?
It lives on coarse, heavy prehistoric coal:
black darkness, dense night, Chaos.
Seek there!
For thus is the nature of fire:
strong with its foe's struggle -
itself a struggle, glowing struggle -
has no other nature.
And the victory? When the darkness has disappeared in
Is the victory death?
Empty question and empty fear!
The world's heart is fire,
and fire wants to conquer.

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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May and Hans Mehlin, Layout.

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