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Gogarty, Oliver: Ringsend (Ringsend in Hungarian)

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Portre of Tótfalusi István

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Ringsend (English)

(After Reading Tolstoi)

I will live in Ringsend
With a red-headed whore,
And the fanlight gone in
Where it lights the hall-door;
And listen each night
For her querulous shout,
As at last she streels in
And the pubs empty out.
To soothe that wild breast
With my old-fashioned songs,
Till she feels it redressed
From inordinate wrongs,
Imagined, outrageous,
Preposterous wrongs,
Till peace at last comes,
Shall be all I will do,
Where the little lamp blooms
Like a rose in the stew;
And up the back garden
The sound comes to me
Of the lapsing, unsoilable,
Whispering sea.

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Ringsend (Hungarian)

(Tolsztojt olvasván)

Egy vörös szajhával én
majd Ringsendben lakom,
halványan hull a fény az
esténként hallgatom majd,
hogy rikoltoz vadul,
ha kocsmák kiürülvén
végre betántorul.
Ódivatú dalommal
csitítom bősz kebelét,
vigasztalva szépen
sok durva sérelemért,
sok képzelt, szörnyüséges,
iszonyú sérelemért;
álomba simogatni -
ez nékem épp elég,
hol gulyásban a rózsa,
egy kis lámpa ég;
és a kert végébe kinn
suttogni kezd nekem
a szenny-nem-érte tenger,
a múló végtelen.

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