Bequest: Spuścizna

You left me, sweet, two legacies, —
A legacy of love
A Heavenly Father would content,
Had He the offer of;

 

You left me boundaries of pain
Capacious as the sea,
Between eternity and time,
Your consciousness and me.

 

*****

 

Dwie spuścizny, słodkie, mam po tobie, —
Spuścizna miłości jedną
Co i Ojciec Niebieski by się jaki radował,
Gdyby Mu oferowano;

 

Drugą twe staranie, co granicę ma
Jak morze szeroką,
Między czasem a wiecznością,
Mną a świadomością twoją.

 

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE

The Bequest (Love, II) clearly indicates the Antiquity:
A Heavenly Father would content,
Had He the offer of…”

 

The use of the indefinite article a directs to a pre-Christian time the notion of a heavenly father figure did not exist.

 

“You left me boundaries of pain
Capacious as the sea,
Between eternity and time,
Your consciousness and me.”

 

Borders as described above could be only incongruous for a physical sensation. Should one have had as little experience with pain as milk tooth ache only, one still knows the people round do not have the same physical sensations. However, if we combine the notions of content and vastness, we can compare the Greek βαρύμοχθος, barymochthos, toilsome. Hence the Polish staranie (p. 76). Today, we have the phrase to take the pains, expressing conscious effort. This needs not bring on physical, psychological, or literally any pain at all.

 

The Surrender (Love, V) is an absolutely brilliant piece with a contemporary reference to God:
“Doubt me, my dim companion!
Why, God would be content
With but a fraction of the love
Poured thee without a stint…”

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