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Hardy, Thomas: Hodge dobos (Drummer Hodge in Hungarian)

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Drummer Hodge (English)

They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest

Uncoffined -- just as found:

His landmark is a kopje-crest

That breaks the veldt around:

And foreign constellations west

Each night above his mound.


Young Hodge the drummer never knew --

Fresh from his Wessex home --

The meaning of the broad Karoo,

The Bush, the dusty loam,

And why uprose to nightly view

Strange stars amid the gloam.


Yet portion of that unknown plain

Will Hodge for ever be;

His homely Northern breast and brain

Grow to some Southern tree,

And strange-eyed constellations reign

His stars eternally.

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Hodge dobos (Hungarian)

Hodge dobos, koporsótlanul

Futtában ástak el.

A halmod, körötted terült

Lapályba vágott jel.

s éjente a hant körül

Más csillagkép delel.


Hodge dobos sohse tudta meg,

— Wessex volt otthona —

Hogy a préri mit is jelent

S bozótos Afrika.

Az égnek mért van odafent

Idegen csillaga.


Mégis, e síknak része már

Örök időkre ő.

Északi agy és mellkosár,

Belőle pálma nő.

S idegen csillagképben áll

A reá mért jövő.

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