Monath módaes lust
The version used in “The Notion Papers Club”.These lines were first given to Ælfwine in drafts of “The Lost Road”, and are based on an arrangement of part of “The Seafarer”. Translated from Anglo-Saxon.
My soul’s desire over the sea-torrents
forth bids me fare, that I afar should seek
over the ancient water’s awful mountains
Elf-friends’ island in the Outer-world.
For no harp have I heart, no hand for gold
in no wife delight, in the world no hope:
one wish only, for the waves’ tumult.