Translation by Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869 - 1935)

A happy man
Language: English  after the Greek (Ελληνικά) 
When these graven lines you see,
Traveler, do not pity me;
Though I be among the dead,
Let no mournful word be said.

Children that I leave behind,
And their children, all were kind;
Near to them and to my wife,
I was happy all my life.

My three sons I married right,
And their sons I rocked at night;
Death nor sorrow ever brought
Cause for one unhappy thought.

Now, and with no need of tears,
Here they leave me, full of years, --
Leave me to my quiet rest
In the region of the blest.

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Text added to the website: 2008-06-17 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:44
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