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Goldsmith, Oliver: Dal (Stanzas on Woman in Hungarian)

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Portre of Orbán Ottó

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Stanzas on Woman (English)

When lovely Woman stoops to folly,           
  And finds too late that men betray,           
What charm can soothe her melancholy,      
  What art can wash her guilt away? 

The only art her guilt to cover,
  To hide her shame from every eye, 
To give repentance to her lover,       
  And wring his bosom, is—to die.

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Dal (Hungarian)

Ha szép nő hallgat balga vágyra,
  elhagyják mind a férfiak,
mi lehet gyógyszer bánatára,
  könnyeiért vigaszt mi ad?

Mi szégyenét oly ködbe rejti,
  bűnét, hogy szem rá nem talál,
mi kedvese szívét megejti
  s visszahódítja - a halál.

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