Solidum sed inane et homines
T. S. Eliot
(verba accommodatio: helium magellanicum olivam)

I

Nos cavæ hominum
Nos homines estis saginati
Petimus invicem
Capiti meo galeam plenus nihil. Eheu!
Aruit nostris vocibus,
Nos susurrant,
Sunt quietam et inania
Herba vento, ut in sicco
Aut mures, contritum speculum in pedes
In nostra arida vinariam

Figura absque forma, color sine umbra,
Vis ferentes paralyticum et gestu sine motu;

Quibus traiecit
Recta oculos in mortem aliis
Admone nos, - si omnino - non quod perierat
damnatorum, sed solum
Cavas, sicut homines,
In saginati hominum.

II

Somniorum in conspectu timentium
in Somnium regnum mortis est
Non appareant;
ecce sicut oculi gladium
solis radii super columnam
Ibi: arboris rami levem vibrante,
et horret voces
Ventum iam canit
Magis distant atque solennes
A moriens stella.

Mihi quoque non accedant
Somnium mortem in regnum
Me quoque induendum
Huiusmodi proposito fallendi artis
mus cutem, plumæ corvi, et via crucis
In agro
Agere quasi ventus esset
Non propius.

- Non ultimum fœderis huius
in regno crepusculum.


The Hollow Men
T. S. Eliot

I

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

II

Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death's dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind's singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.

Let me be no nearer
In death's dream kingdom
Let me also wear
Such deliberate disguises
Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves
In a field
Behaving as the wind behaves
No nearer --

Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom