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Márai Sándor: Sixty (Hatvan in English)

Portre of Márai Sándor

Hatvan (Hungarian)

Az Értelem torz vigyorral kísért meg,
A Haladás lárvát visel, halott
Álcát, a sátán vigyoroghatott
Így a Hegyen, mikor embert kísértett.
Nagy vásárt csap - hisz marad is, meg jut is -
S a piacon ugrál, visít a bugris,
Árul, mint régen a züllött papok,
Búcsút, kötést és mézes madzagot.


Uploaded byCikos Ibolja
Source of the quotationVerseskönyv
Publication date

Sixty (English)

Intellect tempts with monster sneers,
Progress in larval camouflage appears
Satan must have had just such a grin,
On the Mount, when tempting man to sin.
He works the fairs, goods left, but some will sell -
At markets he is hopping, yells as well,
And trades, like once corrupted priests of old,
Pardons, bonding, and lures with honey's gold.

Uploaded byLeslie A. Kery
Source of the quotationMagyarul Bábelben