by Sándor Petőfi (1823 - 1849)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

A szerelem, a szerelem
Language: Hungarian (Magyar) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
A szerelem, a szerelem,
A szerelem sötét verem;
Beleestem, benne vagyok,
Nem láthatok, nem hallhatok.

Őrizem az apám nyáját,
De nem hallom a kolompját;
Rá-rámegy a zöld vetésre,
Hej csak későn veszem észre.

Telerakta édesanyám
Eleséggel a tarisznyám;
Elvesztettem szerencsésen,
Lesz módom a böjtölésben.

Édesapám, édesanyám,
Ne bizzatok most semmit rám,
Nézzétek el, ha hibázok
Tudom is én, mit csinálok!


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Love, love", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Love, love", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-31
Line count: 16
Word count: 60

Love, love
Language: English  after the Hungarian (Magyar) 
Love, love,
love, o dark hole!
I am fallen in, trapped inside.
Invisible, inaudible.

I watch father's flock,
but hear not their bells.
They go upon the green sowings?
Oh! it comes to my notice too late.

My dear mother fills up my rucksack
to the brim with provisions.
Fortune saw that I lost them.
I am prepared for a fast.

Father mine, mother mine,
Entrust me now with nothing!
Turn away! If I make mistakes,
think not that I am unaware!


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-06
Line count: 16
Word count: 82