Grant me just one summer, powerful ones,
And just one more autumn for ripe songs,
That my heart, filled with that sweet
Music, may more willingly die within me.
The soul, denied its divine right in life,
Won’t find rest down in Hades either.
But if what is holy to me, the poem
That rests in my heart, succeeds—
Then welcome, silent world of shadows!
I’ll be content, even if it's not my own lyre
That leads me downwards. Once I’ll have
Lived like the gods, and more isn’t necessary.
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