Karin Boye Poems
- Man's Multiplicity We were born of mothers of heaven and ...
- The Nightjar Half awake the summer night broods quietly on ...
- Crossroads Candles I saw burning, yes, holy candles on the ...
- Clouds See the mighty clouds, whose distant lofty ...
- A Buddhist Fantasy Unlocked is the world's copper gate. High...
- Morning Song This is life's silent hour, sunny and ...
- The Best The best that we possess, we cannot give away. we ...
Boye was born in Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden, and moved with her family to Stockholm in 1909. She studied at Uppsala University from 1921 to 1926 and debuted in 1922 with a collection of poems, "Clouds" (Sw. "Moln"). During her time in Uppsala and until 1930, Boye was a member of the socialist group Clarté.
In 1931 Boye, together with Erik Mesterton and Josef ... more »
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We were born of mothers of heaven and earth
and of powers with no end in view,
nocturnal wills and wills of light
with names that no one knew.
May one of the many
not gain power over us,
though she be of heaven's race
and shine in magnificence.
In us a multiplicity lives.
It fumbles towards unity.
Its capturing, gathering burningglass
we were born to be.
Great is man's striving,
great the goals it has set
but much greater is man himself
with roots in universal night.
So give, that we shield a secret room
and never a flame do...