Verse > Anthologies > Samuel Waddington, ed. > The Sonnets of Europe
Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
Last Sonnet
By Adelbert von Chamisso (1781–1838)
Anonymous Translation

THEY say the year is in its summer glory:
  But thou, O Sun, appearest chill and pale,
  The vigour of thy youth begins to fail,—
Say, art thou, too, becoming old and hoary?
Old Age, forsooth!—what profits our complaining?        5
  Although a bitter guest and comfortless,
  One learns to smile beneath its stern caress,
The fated burden manfully sustaining:
’Tis only for a span, a summer’s day.
  Deep in the fitful twilight have I striven,        10
  Must now the even-feast of rest be holding:
One curtain falls,—and, lo! another play!
  “His will be done whose mercy much has given?”
  I’ll pray,—my grateful hands to heaven folding.

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