[in english] Ubi defuit orbis Spartacus

Autorem wiersza jest Cyprian Kamil Norwid

After the second and third were slain
The gladiator saluted to exclaim:
"This not this-this is not Strength,
This is not Wisdom, it is your name.
Great Jupiter threatens me no more,
Minerva at her own cult she sneers:
Two hundred thousand spectators roar
Every day-the need for blood and tears.
You came seeking death for death`s sake,
How to touch this spirit, this might?
We are for you but a book or a mosaic,
Our voice to your ears-a sling`s flight.
You came seeking death for death`s sake,
Already your enlightenment-night.

II

After the second and third were slain
The gladiator saluted to exclaim:
"This-not this-this is not Love,
This is not Friendship, it is your name.
Castor and Pollux, old friends fair,
With kisses their loyalty swore;
Yet Venus with her false garnished hair,
And red cheeks, a sweaty unguent stain.
You sit as rocks in a circle of stone,
Slowly covered by a coat of moss:
And your souls-our final death`s groan,
And your bodies-our quarter, our loss.
You sit as rocks in a circle of stone
Already your life, our death, our cross.


Introduction and translation by Barry Keane

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