2008年08月26日

ON THE LETTER I.

ON THE LETTER I.
(Written in a Lady's Scrap-Book.)

I AM not in youth, nor in manhood, nor age,
But in infancy ever am known;
I'm a stranger alike to the fool and the sage,
And though I'm distinguish'd in history's page,
I always am greatest alone.

I am not in earth, nor the sun, nor the moon;
You may search all the sky--I'm not there:
In the morning and evening-- though not in the noon,
You may plainly perceive me--for, like a balloon,
I am midway suspended in air.

I am always in riches, and yet I am told
Wealth ne'er did my presence desire;
I dwell with the miser, but not with his gold,
And sometimes I stand in his chimney so cold,
Though I serve as a part of the fire,

I often am met in political life--
In my absence no kingdom can be:
And they say there can neither be friendship nor strife,
No one can live single, no one take a wife,
Without interfering with me.

My brethren are many, and of my whole race
Not one is more slender and tall;
And though not the eldest, I hold the first place,
And even in dishonour, despair, and disgrace,
I boldly appear 'mong them all.

Though disease may possess me, and sickness and pain,
I am never in sorrow or gloom;
Though in wit and in wisdom I equally reign,
I'm the heart of all sin, and have long lived in vain,
Yet I ne'er shall be found in the tomb.



ある婦人のスクラップブックに書かれた、I(私)についての詩。

底本:
The complete works of lord Byron ... - Google ブック検索


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