My grieving self this burden cannot bear,
To speak of such a loss never equaled
That was my one true heart, by others called
Fair Euredis, whose passing was too dear.
What else may I? The motive is full clear:
To guide her hence, from beneath Hades’ fauld
And return her to the world that hath palled.
Let me gaze on every vile pit’s fear
For by remembrance of my love, my will
Shall grow the mighty and the valiant,
So that I stand against my foe strong still,
Until I victory or darkness haunt.
But even so, lose I only a shell,
For separate from her alone is Hell.
6. fauld: A fold (like of a robe) but also the name of the armor that covers one’s hip – it is a hint that Hades may be ready to do battle, but it also places Euredissa close to his thigh/groin (with the connotations that follow such a placement).
7. “world that hath palled”: Like the winter that arrived after the kidnap of Persephone, apparently the world has grown colder/bleaker since Euredissa’s beauty has left it.