Endre Ady

Benediction from a Train

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The express is hurtling at full speed,
the sun explodes into the sea,
my memories flash a millisecond,
and I bless you.
"May God bless
all your goodness,
your unresponsiveness,
and all your wickedness.
May your words of torment
return to you in benediction.
May your coldness
leap into flames.
All is at an end.
I have a thousand cares,
and for my folly
the bier is spread.
Well, I bless you,
and meanwhile
kiss me softly,
in silence and peace.
I wish to leave you
with a memory and a kiss
to freeze for warmth,
to be alone,
to feel alone,
to die alone.
May God bless you."
The express is hurtling at full speed,
the sun explodes into the sea,
my memories flash a millisecond,
and I bless you.

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