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On a bust of me

For my friend Niederhausern

This bust which represents me
To posterity
It shows an impressive face
How full of gravity!

Before this heavy head
Every day its weight increases because
Of a thought, oh, not powerful
With a rather stubborn concern

What will they say, the women
And men of future times?
“In fact, one feels, under these hard features
And behind these flaming black eyes,
A malicious gentleman,
But the sculptor had talent.”