Harry Martinson - Synen (English translation)

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Synen

Med skrämsel i ögonen
sågo frälsningssoldaterna
från observatoriets tornhjälm: himlaharporna;
de titaniska, svängande nebulosornas
kaotiska strängar av guldgas.
 
Långt ut i tidslösheternas omätliga kristall
där tanken skrämd
kan störta evigt genom årtusendena
rörde sig de gasartade gyllene harpobågar
som ryka i Skytten.
 
Submitted by maluca on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 02:25
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English translation

The Visions

With fright in their eyes
the soldiers of salvation beheld
from the helmeted observatory tower: the heavenly harps;
the swaying, titanic nebulae
and their chaotic strings of gaseous gold.
 
Far off in the boundless crystal of places beyond time
where thought in fright
can plunge everlastingly through millennia
stirred the gaslike golden bowers of the harps
effervescing in Sagittarius.
 
Submitted by maluca on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 02:27
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Translated by Stephen Klass

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