Gustaf Fröding

From the collection of poems Grail splashes from 1898

The will is not freed by travelling
softly on cushions, not to be freely in the cargo
to laze away a lifetime,
the will becomes free only when it has been hardened
from a weakling's ragling to the gymnast's
by self-enforced free heroic leaps.

But when the will is proudly manly
and when all the sinews of the will are tightened
muscle power in iron-hard spring weight,
its arm shall not be healthy and strong
feel the pleasure of life, only know
the weight of compulsion with ever greater weight?

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