April 27, 2013

Friedrich Hölderlin - The Gods

Source: Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin. Translated by Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover. 2008. Omnidawn Publishing: Richmond, California. Pg. 115.

Friedrich Hölderlin - The Gods

Silent Upper Air! You're always on guard
  Against the pain in my soul, and often
           My heart is moved and ennobled, Helios,
  By the brightness of your light!

Most excellent gods! Those who don't know you
               Are poorer for it, their crude hearts always in discord,
And the world is night for them,
                 And no song or joy goes out to them.

Only you, with your eternal youth, grow
In the hearts of those who love you,
      Childlike in mind, and never let
                   Sorrow and error diminish genius.