by John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Translation © by Tamás Rédey

My spirit is too weak; mortality
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER HUN
[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.

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

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  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , "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) , "Beim ersten Sehen der Parthenon Friese", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 102

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"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-20
Line count: 14
Word count: 85