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Ady Endre: Hawk mating on the fallen leaves (Héja-nász az avaron in English)

Portre of Ady Endre

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Héja-nász az avaron (Hungarian)

Útra kelünk. Megyünk az Őszbe,
Vijjogva, sírva, kergetőzve,
Két lankadt szárnyú héja-madár.

Új rablói vannak a Nyárnak,
Csattognak az új héja-szárnyak,
Dúlnak a csókos ütközetek.

Szállunk a Nyárból, űzve szállunk,
Valahol az Őszben megállunk,
Fölborzolt tollal, szerelmesen.

Ez az utolsó nászunk nékünk:
Egymás husába beletépünk
S lehullunk az őszi avaron.


Source of the quotation

Hawk mating on the fallen leaves (English)

Up. Up. And onward into Autumn fly
In shrill pursuit and raucous hunting cry
A pair of hawks with summer-weary wings.

Summer has bred new pirates in her care
And fresher pinions flutter down her air
To join the lists of Love which now are wide.

We fled from Summer, now ourselves pursued,
Till somewhere sometime in an autumn wood
We stooped with fluttered wings for very love.

This is our final mating. Now the keen
Talon on feather tears the quick between
And so we fall together with the leaves.

PublisherAlbion Editions, Manchester
Source of the quotationHundred Hungarian Poems