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The Godwits Fly



1. That was the wonderful deep mine of souls.
[71 lines omitted.]
Already she was no more that fair woman
Who often sounded in the poet's poems,
No longer the broad couch's scented island
Nor yonder man's possession any more.
She was already loosened like long hair
And given far and wide like falling rain
And dealt out like a stock of various goods.
She was already rooted.

From Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes. Rainer Maria Rilke.

Translated from the German by J. B. Leishman. The ‘library volume’ was undoubtedly Poems published by The Hogarth Press, London, 1934. (See note 1, Chapter Twenty.) Except for punctuation Robin Hyde has quoted the lines correctly; however, later books in which this poem appears show that Mr Leishman has revised his translation.

2. This verse has not been identified.