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My spirit is too weak; mortality

Language: English

[My]1 spirit is too weak; mortality 
Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep,
And each imagined pinnacle and steep
Of godlike hardship tells me I must die,
Like a sick eagle looking towards the sky.
Yet 'tis a gentle luxury to weep,
That I have not the cloudy winds to keep
Fresh for the opening of the morning's eye.
Such dim-conceived glories of the brain
Bring round the heart an indescribable feud;
So do these wonders a most dizzy pain,
That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude
Wasting of old Time -- with a billowy main,
A sun, a shadow of a magnitude.

Translation(s): FRE GER HUN

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C. Ives sets lines 1-5
G. Bachlund sets lines 1-5

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1 Ives: "The"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , title 1: "En contemplant les marbres d'Elgin pour la première fois", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Beim ersten Sehen der Parthenon Friese", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:36
Line count: 14
Word count: 102

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A lelkem oly bús – halandóságom

Language: Hungarian (Magyar) after the English

A lelkem oly bús – halandóságom
Lesújt, mint egy álom, óhatatlan,
S minden égi kín kimondhatatlan
Csúcsa, mélye súgja: meg kell halnom,
Mint egy égre vágyó gyönge sasnak.
Sovány vigasz, ha sírnom is lehet,
Hogy nem tartanak a felhős szelek
Frissen, míg szeme nyílik a napnak.
S ily agyban az alig-vélt glóriák
A szív körül vad viszályt szítanak;
S e csodák erős szédítése fáj:
Hogy vegyül a görög fenség az agg
Idő porával – s hullámverte ár –
Egy Nap – és egy Óriás-árny alatt.

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Translation of title "On seeing the Elgin Marbles for the first time" = "(Lord) Elgin márványai láttán"


  • Translation from English to Hungarian (Magyar) copyright © 2015 by Tamás Rédey, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in English by John Keats (1795 - 1821), "On seeing the Elgin Marbles for the first time" FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Charles Edward Ives, Roger Guy Steptoe. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-01-20.
Last modified: 2015-01-20 23:11:39
Line count: 14
Word count: 85