Days with Tennyson

John William Waterhouse I am half-sick of shadows, said the lady of Shalott (poem by Tennyson

John William Waterhouse I am half-sick of shadows, said the lady of Shalott (poem by Tennyson

 

The last ten days or more, I’ve been living with Tennyson and his poem “Break, break break”,
and tried to translate it into Swedish. Maybe
I’ve done it now …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alfred Tennyson
Break, break, break


Break, break, break,
On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
The thoughts that arise in me.

O, well for the fisherman’s boy,
That he shouts with his sister at play!
O, well for the sailor lad,
That he sings in his boat on the bay!

And the stately ships go on
To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanished hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still!

Break, break, break,
At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
Will never come back to me.

Edenpics-com_004-027-Sea-in-corr bluster-and-eaking-waves-on-the-cliffs-France-Bretagne-Finistere

 

Svalla, svalla, svalla
mot dina kalla gråa stenar, åh hav!
Och jag önskar min tunga kunde yttra
de tankar som stiger i mig som sav.

Åh, så fint för fiskarens pojke
som stimmar i yster lek med sin syster!
Åh, så fint för seglarpojken
som han sjunger på fjärden i sin koster!

Och de ståtliga fartygen fortsätter
till sina skyddade hamnar;
Men åh att få röra den hand som försvann,
och höra den röst som världen ännu famnar.

Svalla, svalla, svalla
vid foten av dina klippor, åh hav!
Men det ljuva behaget i en dag som är död,
har för mig för alltid gått i kvav.

 

 

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