Monday, August 20, 2007

Fernando Pessoa

Ricardo Reis is one of the alter ego's of Fernando Pessoa. This poem is written on his tomb.
But i don't find an English translation of it? Does anybody out there have an English translation?

In the meantime i provide you with a Dutch translation by A. Willemsen.

Om groot te zijn, wees heel: maak niets wat jouw is
Groter of tot niets.
Wees heel in alles. Leg al wat je bent
In 't minste wat je doet.
Zo blinkt de maan in ieder meer geheel
Wijl zij verheven leeft.

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