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Had I charge of the matter I would not have come,
And could I control my going, whither should I go ?
Were it not better that in this ruined monastery
I had neither come, nor gone, nor lived.

 

Bodl 157

Had I charge of the matter I would not have come,
and likewise could I control my going, where should I go?
were it not better than that, that in this world
I had neither come, nor gone, nor lived?

Chr 34

If my coming had depended on me, I had not come, and
if, again, my going had depended on me, why should I go?
Were it not better, if in this growth and decay I had
not come, nor gone, nor been?

F4 30

What, without asking, hither hurried Whence?
And, without asking, Whither hurried hence!
Oh, many a Cup of this forbidden Wine
Must drown the memory of that insolence!

HA 30b

Had I charge of the matter I would not have come,
And, likewise, could I control my going, how should I have gone ?
There could have been nothing better than that in this world
I had neither come, nor gone, nor lived ?

Nic 450

Si j'étais libre et que je pusse user de ma volonté, si j'étais affranchi des tourments de la destinée, débarrassé du sentiment du bien et du mal de ce monde, où réside Ie désordre, oh! j'aimerais mieux n'y être point venu, n'y point exister, n'être point forcé d'en partir!

P 785

If coming rested with me, come had I? No, forsooth.
Were going hence at my will, how should I go, forsooth?
Were it not best of all that into this ruinous world
Come had I neither gone nor been evermo', forsooth?

Th 597

I 'd ne'er have come, could I have had my say,
If mine were going, when should I go, pray?
Were it not better in this world of dust.
Neither to come, nor be, nor go away?

Wh 490

I never would have come, had I been asked,
I would as lief not go, if I were asked,
And, to be short, I would annihilate
All coming, being, going, were I asked!

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