William Shakespeare - Sonnet 100


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Sonnet 100

Where art thou Muse that thou forget'st so long,
To speak of that which gives thee all thy might?
Spend'st thou thy fury on some worthless song,
Darkening thy power to lend base subjects light?
Return forgetful Muse, and straight redeem,
In gentle numbers time so idly spent;
Sing to the ear that doth thy lays esteem
And gives thy pen both skill and argument.
Rise, resty Muse, my love's sweet face survey,
If Time have any wrinkle graven there;
If any, be a satire to decay,
And make Time's spoils despised every where.
Give my love fame faster than Time wastes life,
So thou prevent'st his scythe and crooked knife.

Μούσα μου, πώς καιρό ξεχνάς εκείνο που
σου δίνει όλη τη δύναμή σου; Τη μανία
σ’ άσματ’ ανάξια σπαταλάς, την αίγλη σου
σκορπάς δανείζοντας το φως σου σε ύλη αχρεία;
Γύρνα, ανάμελη μούσα μου κι αμέσως κέρδισε
με μέτρα αβρά καιρό που χάθη με το ρέμα,
ψάλε γι’ αυτιά που σου εχτιμάν την ποίηση και
δίνουν στην πένα σου τα δυο, τέχνη και θέμα.
Σήκω, οκνή μούσα, τήρα αν έχει χαρακιά
σκάψει ο καιρός στο εράσμιο θώρι του καλού
κι αν ναι, να γίνεις σάτιρα για τη φθορά
να ’ν’ του καιρού οι ζημιές περίγελος παντού.
Ο ύμνος του έρωτά μου πιο γοργά να φτερουγίζει
απ’ του καιρού το δρέπανο που τη ζωή θερίζει.

Μετάφραση: Βασίλης Ρώτας

In this and the following three sonnets the poet elaborately excuses his silence and the hiatus in the production of his sonnets in praise of the youth, a hiatus which perhaps corresponds to the period of absence commemorated in the previous three sonnets. Whether this silence was a real or imaginary one it is impossible to know. The defence against the charge of failure is a conventional defence, in that it uses the standard figure of the Muse as the source of poetic inspiration. But here the Muse is blamed for having dried up. She has spent her energies in worthless pursuits and is castigated for being devoted to trivialities, being forgetful and slothful. In the following sonnets she is accused of being a truant, neglectful, incapable, and beggarly.

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