The god's lyre

Edith Södergran: The September Lyre

Where does the lyre exists,

of silver and ivory,

which the gods presented

to the tribe of mortals?

It has not been lost,

since eternal presents

aren’t worn down by time,

do not fall victim to fire.


But does a singer come

with the deep marks of fate,

he’ll fetch the lyre anew

from forgotten heavenly spaces.

And when he touches its strings

the whole world knows

that the gods live

in unfathomable heights.