Vasile Alecsandri(1821-1890)/ Romania- Sfarsit de toamna/ The end of autumn/ Fin de l'automne



Sfarsit de toamna


Oaspetii caselor noastre, cocostarci si randunele,
Parasit-au a lor cuiburi si-au fugit de zile rele;
Cardurile de cucoare, insirandu-se-n lung zbor,
Pribegit-au urmarite de al nostru jalnic dor.

Vesela verde campie acu-i trista, vestezita,
Lunca, batuta de bruma, acum pare ruginita;
Frunzele-i cad, zbor in aer, si de crengi se dezlipesc
Ca frumoasele iluzii dintr-un suflet omenesc.

Din tuspatru parti a lumei se ridica-nalt pe ceruri,
Ca balauri din poveste, nouri negre plini de geruri
Soarele iubit s-ascunde, iar pe sub grozavii nori
Trece-un card de corbi iernatici prin vazduh croncanitori.

Ziua scade; iarna vine, vine pe crivat calare!
Vantul suiera prin hornuri raspandind infiorare.
Boii rag, caii rancheaza, cainii latra la un loc,
Omul, trist, cade pe ganduri si s-apropie de foc.

Mircesti, 1867



The end of autumn

See, the storks and eke the swallows, of our roofs and eaves the guests,
Fearful of the days that threaten now have vanished from their nests;
And the cranes with flapping pinions ranked in orderly array,
Unheeding vain regrets are flying to the southward far away.

Now the fields are brown and barren that were erst so gaily green,
And the forests, wreath'd in vapour, bear a rusty look, I ween,
While along the woodland bye-paths tawny wind-tossed leaflets roll
Like the mournful cast-off fancies of a sorrow - stricken soul.

Looming up from ev'ry quarter, black ice - laden clouds arise,
Like the dragons of the legend tearing through the gloomy skies.
Hidden is the kindly sunlight ; and, with wheeling flight on high,
Sails a flock of carrion-corbies, hoarsely croaking as they fly.

Short the days; grim Winter nears us, riding on the Northern blast;
In the chimney howls the storm-cry, while the children sit aghast;
Oxen bellow, horses whinny; dogs of barking never tire,
And the weary peasants, shiv'ring, huddle closely round the tire.

translation by William Beatty-Kingston 

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