First I will climb Chimborazo

Edith Södergran: The Rose Altar

First I will climb Chimborazo

in my own country

and stand there breathless

with the wreath of victory.


Later I will climb the mountain of fame

which the golden fields of the world smile at,

and stand there blessed

in rosy visions.


In the end I’ll climb the mountain of power,

the not yet climbed,

wherefrom the mildest stars smile

and bless everything.