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Ady Endre: In Vain YouTempt me, All Dressed in White (Hiába kísértsz hófehéren in English)

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Hiába kísértsz hófehéren (Hungarian)

Én beszennyezlek. Én beszennyezlek

A leghavasabb, legszebb éjen:

Hiába kisértsz hófehéren.


Színem elé parancsolom majd

Fehér köntösös szűzi árnyad,

Saját lelkemből fölcibállak.


Hiába libeg félve, fázva:

Telefröccsentem tintalével,

Vérrel, gennyel, könnyel, epével.


Hiába reszket, hiába reszket:

Befoltozom gyanuval, váddal,

Bepaskolom mérges csalánnal.


S míg libeg búsan, szerelemben,

Én kikacagom kósza árnyad,

Felé fúvok: menj, elbocsátlak.

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In Vain YouTempt me, All Dressed in White (English)

I shall tarnish you. I shall tarnish you.

On the loveliest, snow-covered night,

in vain you tempt me, all dressed in white.


I shall summon to stand before me

Your chaste, untarnished white shadow,

And lift you from my soul in limbo.


In vain it flickers, fearing, freezing

I shall ink-spray it when it appears,

With my blood, my gall, my pus and tears.


In vain it trembles, in vain it trembles.

I shall patch it with mistrust and doubt

And with toxic nettle wash it out.


And as it floats sadly, impassioned,

I now deride your dirty shadow,

I dismiss you: you may as well go.

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