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Poem of the Week, week 37: Henrik Ibsen "She Has Left Us!"

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Our guests we followed,
our last, to the gateway;
the night wind swallowed
our partings straightway.

A ten-fold drearness
the house in its fences,
where sweet-toned nearness
had drowned my senses.

A party, merely,
then darkness bereft us;
a visit, merely, –
and now she has left us.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

Translated by John Northam in Ibsen’s Poems in versions by John Northam, Norwegian University Press, Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Tromsø, 1986, p. 46.

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