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The birches they were as silent as they were upright. The birches
they vere as black as they were slight. On the top the man stretched
out for the heaven's stars and wept as if he was in his mother's grasp.
Up against the sky was a hill-crest, his eyes sinked down
to the birches which were women.
Eit kvikt utkast til omsetjing er denne engelske teksten, i ein endra rytme... Og her er den norske originalen (frå BOK).
Dagrun Bennetts forslag til omsetjing av diktet er slik:
The birch trees were silent and straight. The birch trees
were black end slight. At the top the man stretched
for the stars in the sky and wept as if in his mother's lap.
Against the sky was a mountain ridge, his gaze fell
towards the birch trees which were women