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Brown, Thomas Edward: I bended unto me

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I bended unto me (English)

I bended unto me a bough of May,

That I might see and smell:

It bore it in a sort of way,

It bore it very well.

But, when I let it backward sway,

Then it were hard to tell

With what a toss, with what a swing,

The dainty thing

Resumed its proper level,

And sent me to the devil.

I know it did – you doubt it?

I turned, and saw them whispering about it.

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Magamhoz húztam (Hungarian)

Magamhoz húztam egy ágat: csupán

virágát hogy szagoljam.

Eltűrte tőlem jobb híján,

eltűrte szép nyugodtan.

Majd hagytam visszalengni, s lám,

hogyan mondjam ki szóban:

hogy rándult, lendült, mekkorát

a kényes ág

helyére visszatérve! –

S elküldött a fenébe.

Így volt, tudom. S ha kétled:

az ágak mind erről beszéltek.

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