“The Words of Svend Herlufsen” by Knut Hamsun
my translation of “Svend Herlufsens Ord” from Det Vilde Kor, 1904
My beloved is like this I say
my translation of “Med Røde Roser” from Det Vilde Kor, 1904
With hands outstretched I am knelt
despite having heard your nay.
Take these flowers with gratitude felt
for with them you adorned my way.
I behold you now like these roses aflame
though my eyes you refuse…