Do not let your pride fall

Edith Södergran: Poems

Do not let your pride fall,

don’t walk naked

to his arms in tenderness,

walk rather away in tears

that the world has never seen

and never scorned.


It was so easy and simple for pure childhearts

to follow the trail of happiness,

but our souls can only tremble.

For the one who has seen the filth in the short Spring of happiness

there is but one thing left:

the burning hot shiver of cold.