Eminescu, Mihai: From Among Hundreds of Masts (Dintre sute de catarge in English)

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Dintre sute de catarge (Romanian)

Dintre sute de catarge

       Care lasă malurile,

Câte oare le vor sparge

       Vânturile, valurile?


Dintre pasări călătoare

       Ce străbat pământurile,

Câte-o să le-nece oare

       Valurile, vânturile?


De-i goni fie norocul,

       Fie idealurile,

Te urmează în tot locul

       Vânturile, valurile.


Nenţeles rămâne gândul

       Ce-ţi străbate cânturile,

Zboară vecinic, îngânându-l,

       Valurile, vânturile.

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From Among Hundreds of Masts (English)

From among hundreds of masts
Leaving shores and banks and bays,
Are there many to be lost
Broken by the winds and waves?

From among birds of passage,
Flying over lands and seas,
Are there many to be drowned
By the waves and by the sea?

If you chase away your luck
Or ideals, all you have,
You are followed everywhere
By the winds and by the waves.

Undeciphered is the thought
That keeps passing through your chants
As they fly, they murmur it
All these winds and all these waves.

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