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Thomson, James: Adományok (Gifts in Hungarian)

Portre of Thomson, James

Gifts (English)

Give a man a horse he can ride,

   Give a man a boat he can sail;

And his rank and wealth, his strength and health,

   On sea nor shore shall fail.


Give a man a pipe he can smoke,

   Give a man a book he can read:

And his home is bright with a calm delight,

   Though the room be poor indeed.


Give a man a girl he can love,

   As I, O my love, love thee;

And his heart is great with the pulse of Fate,

   At home, on land, on sea.

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Adományok (Hungarian)

Adj a férfinak jó lovat,

adj gyors hajót, mit hord a szél,

s ő lesz a hős, gazdag s erős,

földön s vízen megél.


Adj a férfinak egy pipát,

adj könyvet, melybe elmerül,

és otthona, bárha pórtanya,

üde kastéllyá derül.


Adj néki lányt, akit úgy szeret,

mint, drágám, téged én,

s bár a sors nehéz, vele szembenéz

a tenger s föld színén.

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