Edith Södergran: The Rose Altar

What blessedness on the wind…

The kiss of infinity…

How my life has changed, how silent it has become,

deceitfully silent…

Happy fairytale princess,

your heart storms wilder than the heart of the ocean.

Do one carry in vain this heart in one’s breast?

Time, listen to my song!

If the damned sing in Hell,

the echo of the heavens answer now and then.

No, my heart, you’re going through the fire!

Does fate not scare my godlike figure?

Do the small genies of happiness not obey a wave of my hand?

Does the future not come if I call?