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József Attila: Beads (Klárisok in English)

Portre of József Attila

Klárisok (Hungarian)

Klárisok a nyakadon,
békafejek a tavon.
bárányganéj a havon.

Rózsa a holdudvaron,
aranyöv derekadon.
kenderkötél nyakamon.

Szoknyás lábad mozgása
harangnyelvek ingása,
két jegenye hajlása.

Szoknyás lábad mozgása
harangnyelvek kongása,
néma lombok hullása.

Source of the quotation

Beads (English)

Beads around your neck aglow,
frogheads in the lake below.
Lambkin droppings,
lambkin droppings in the snow.

Rose within the moon's halo,
gold belt round your waist to go.
Hempen knottings
knotted round my neck just so.

Skirted legs so subtly swinging,
bell-tongue in its bell a-ringing,
with two swaying poplars' winging.

Skirted legs so subtly calling,
bell-tongue in its bell a-tolling,
with the dumb leaves falling, falling.

PublisherBloodaxe Books, Newcastle
Source of the quotationThe Iron-Blue Vault