Peter Porter, 21 May 1998
(A version of Schubert’s ‘Klage an das Volk’)
Youth of our Days, gone like the Days of our Youth! The People’s strength, unnumbered impotence, The Crowd’s gross pressure without consequence, The Insignificant our only glimpse of Truth!
The Power I wield springs always from my Pain, That remnant of a preternatural striving. I cannot act, and Time with its...