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MacNeice, Louis: Hol az igazság? (What is truth? in Hungarian)

Portre of MacNeice, Louis
Portre of Vas István

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What is truth? (English)

What is truth? says Pilate,

Waits for no answer;

Double the stakes says the clock

To the ageing dancer;

Double the guard, says Authority,

Treble the bars;

Holes in the sky, says the child

Scanning the stars.

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Hol az igazság? (Hungarian)

Hol az igazság? – kérdi Pilátus.

Nem vár feleletre.

Kettőzd a tétet – mondja az óra

a táncosnak, aki már öregedne.

Kettőzd az őrt! – így szól a Hatalom

s határokat szabat.

Lyukak az égen– mondja a gyermek,

ha nézi a csillagokat.

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