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mym
Posted on Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:31:44  
Odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse requiris?
Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.

I hate - and I love.
And why do this to yourself?
(You may well ask)

I DON'T KNOW.

But I feel it
and am crucified.
--
mym
www.druidic.org
Guest
Posted at Tue Feb 20, 2007 17:48:52  Quote
I hate and I love.
Why would I do this
perhaps you ask

I know not.
But I feel it happening
and I am in torment
Guest
Posted at Wed Jul 18, 2007 03:43:22  Quote
I hate and I love. Why do I do so, you might well ask.
I know not. But I feel it happening, and am tormented.

***

J’aime et je hais. Pourquoi fais-je ainsi, vous demandez peut-źtre.
Je l’ignore. Mais je le ressens, et je suis tourmenté.
Guest
Posted at Mon Nov 26, 2007 21:08:15  Quote
I hate and I love. Perhaps you ask why I'd do this?
[Well] I don't know, but I feel it happening and am tortured.
anthonyalee
Posted at Wed Apr 08, 2009 07:37:58  Quote
There have been many famous English translations of this short, two-line poem. One internet site shows:

Horace Gregory:

I HATE and love.
And if you ask me why,
I have no answer, but I discern
can feel my senses rooted in eternal torture.


Abraham Cowley, 1667:

I hate, and yet I love thee too,
How can that be? I know not how;
Only that so it is I know
And feel with torment that 'tis so.


Ezra Pound:

I hate and love. Why? You may ask but
It beats me. I feel it done to me, and ache.
Anthony A. Lee
 


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