Easy is the descent to hell;
but to retrace one's steps, and to regain the upper world,
this is the labour, this the difficulty.
It is easy to go down into Hell;
Night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide;
But to climb back again, to retrace one's steps to the upper air—
There's the rub, the task.
Easy is the way down to the Underworld:
by night and by day dark Dis's door stands open;
but to withdraw one's steps and to make a way out to the upper air,
that's the task, that is the labour.