A Poem by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

A Translation by Sonia Oliveira

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WE SHALL RISE

We shall rise again from under the walls of Knossos/

And in Delphi heart of the world/

We shall rise again beneath the harsh light of Crete/

We shall rise again there where words/

Are the name of things/

And where outlines are vivid and clear/

Beneath the sharp light of Crete/

We shall rise again there where stone star and time/

Are the kingdom of men/

We shall rise again to look earth in the eye/

Beneath the clean light of Crete/

For one must shed light on the heart of man/

And raise the black preciseness of the Cross/

Beneath the white light of Crete.

 

From the original in Portuguese:

 

RESSURGIREMOS
Ressurgiremos ainda sob os muros de Cnossos
E em Delphos centro do mundo
Ressurgiremos ainda na dura luz de CretaRessurgiremos ali onde as palavras
São o nome das coisas
E onde são claros e vivos os contornos
Na aguda luz de Creta

Ressurgiremos ali onde pedra estrela e tempo
São o reino do homem
Ressurgiremos para olhar para a terra de frente
Na luz limpa de Creta

Pois convém tornar claro o coração do homem
E erguer a negra exactidão da cruz
Na luz branca de Creta

 

And also the previously translated version of Richard Zenith in the year of Sophia’s death:

WE WILL RISE
We will rise again beneath the walls of Knossos
And in Delphi the centre of the world
We will rise again in the harsh light of CreteWe will rise where words
Are the names of things
Where outlines are clear and vivid
There in the sharp light of Crete

We will rise where stone the stars and time
Are the kingdom of man
We will rise to stare straight at the earth
In the clean light of Crete

For it is good to clarify the heart of man
And to lift the black exactness of the cross
In the white light of Crete

© Translation: 2004, Richard Zenith

 

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