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Landor, Walter Savage: Resignation

Portre of Landor, Walter Savage

Resignation (English)

Why, why repine, my pensive friend,

At pleasures slipp'd away?

Some the stern Fates will never lend,

And all refuse to stay.


I see the rainbow in the sky,

The dew upon the grass;

I see them, and I ask not why

They glimmer or they pass.


With folded arms I linger not

To call them back; 'twere vain:

In this, or in some other spot,

I know they'll shine again.

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Lemondás (Hungarian)

Miért bánkódnál, barátom,

elmúlt örömökön?

Ne merengj az elmúláson,

hisz semmi nem örök.


Látom a tűnő a szivárványt

s a harmatcseppeket,

az enyészet mindent átjár...

Miért? Nem kérdezem.


Kihuny az arany napsugár,

ám mégsem siratom,

jól tudom: a fény újra vár,

vagy itt, vagy valahol.

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