The ideal

From the poetry collection Nya dikter (New Poems), first published in 1894.

The ideal is here, the ideal is there,
the ideal is like Saint Pål, Saint Pär
the ideal is black, the ideal is white
and like the Pope's beard of a cut of his own,
the ideal is light, the ideal is heavy,
the ideal is old, the ideal is young,
the ideal is love, the ideal is hate,
ideal is the talk of Tolstoy and Nietzsche
- I think it's best, that each has his own,
as I have mine.

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