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József Attila: Bánat

Portre of József Attila

Bánat (Hungarian)

Futtam, mint a szarvasok,

lágy bánat a szememben.

Famardosó farkasok

űznek vala szívemben.


Agancsom rég elhagyám,

törötten ing az ágon.

Szarvas voltam hajdanán,

farkas leszek, azt bánom.


Farkas leszek, takaros.

Varázs-üttön megállok,

ordas társam mind habos;

mosolyogni próbálok.


S ünőszóra fülelek.

Hunyom szemem álomra,

setét eperlevelek

hullanak a vállamra.

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Grief (English)

In my eyes grief dissolves;

I ran like a deer;

Tree-gnawing wolves

In my heart followed near.


I left my antlers long time ago;

Broken from my temples, they swing on a bough.

Such I was myself: a deer I used to be.

I shall be a wolf: that is what troubles me.


A fine wolf I’m becoming.

Struck by magic, while

All my pack-wolves are foaming,

I stop, and try to smile.


I prick up my ears

As a roe gives her call;

Try to sleep; on my shoulders

Dark mulberry leaves fall.

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