by Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
Translation by Dezső Kosztolányi (1885 - 1936)

The Thames nocturne of blue and gold
Language: English 
The Thames nocturne of blue and gold
Changed to a Harmony in grey:
A barge with ochre-coloured hay
Dropt from the wharf: and chill and cold

The yellow fog came creeping down
The bridges, till the houses' walls
Seemed changed to shadows, and S. Paul's
Loomed like a bubble o'er the town.

Then suddenly arose the clang
Of waking life; the streets were stirred
With country waggons: and a bird
Flew to the glistening roofs and sang.

But one pale woman all alone,
The daylight kissing her wan hair,
Loitered beneath the gas lamps' flare,
With lips of flame and heart of stone.

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Note: sometimes titled "Impression du Matin"; also the 'e' at the end of "nocturne" in line one is sometimes omitted.

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Word count: 103

Impression du matin
Language: Hungarian (Magyar)  after the English 
A kékes-arany éji Themze
bús szürke leplét veszi fel:
okker-sárga szénát cipel
egy bárka: hűsen permetez le

a sárga köd a hidak ormán,
a házak rajza szétfolyó,
úgy leng, mint egy szappangolyó
szent Pál kupolája mogorván.

Már az élet zaja rikoltoz,
rázkódnak a parasztkocsik:
egy kis madárka dalol itt
a fényes háztetőn és mosolyt hoz.

Csak egy sápadt nő jön suhanva,
hajára a nap rácsorog,
a gázláng alatt ácsorog,
s a szíve kő és láng az ajka.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-07-21
Line count: 16
Word count: 77