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Ludvig Mylius-Eriksen and Marie Lesse

Ludvig Mylius-Eriksen 'Isblink'

Ludvig Mylius-Eriksen (1872-1907), was born in Viborg, but grew up in Ringkøbing, Denmark. He led the Danish Literary Expedition to Greenland (1902-1904) and was Commander of the Denmark Expedition to Greenland (1906-1907). He died in September 1907 of starvation, exhaustion and cold on the return journey across Greenland; his body was never found.

A translation of the 'Dedication' from 'Isblink', written by Ludvig Mylius-Eriksen to Marie Lesse, is below -

Tilegnelse  
 
Solen har svigtet mig,
Lyset er stængt,
Polarnattens Mørke
   paa Jorden sænkt.
Fjernt, hvor jeg dølger mig,
ISBLINK ombølger mig,
Minder fofølger mig,
- dem maa jeg dyrke,
de dømmer mig strængt
men giver mig Styrke;
o, de har trængt
til at faa sigtet sig...
Se: jeg har digtet dig
alt, jeg har tænkt
 
Dedication  
 

The sun has failed me,
The light has gone,
The darkness
of the Polar night
has settled over the Earth.
Far away where I shelter
ISBLINK - the sparkling ice embraces me
Memories pursue me,
- and some I must nourish
for they give me strength;
Oh, how they need to be seen...
Look, I have written you a poem
of all my thoughts.

Ludvig Mylius-Eriksen, 'Isblink', Digte fra Den Grønlandske Polarregion, Gyldendalske Boghandel, Nodisk Forlag, København og Kristania, 1904.