The Encounter

The Encounter

By Jovan Dučić

On an aerial path that night,
Encountered the soul rising
To heaven and an angel bright
That to earth was down coming.

The angel told a well worth
Tale of the heavenly kingdom;
And the soul that of the Earth:
Of love and death the wisdom.

And the angel then smiled
At the realm of eternal light;
The soul for the beauty cried
Of the play of dark and bright.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Susret

Jedne se noći beše srela,
Na jednoj zračnoj stazi,
Duša u nebo sto se pela,
I angel što na svet slazi.

Angel ispriča priču sjajnu
Šta su nebeski vrti,
A duša cele zemlje tajnu:
Magiju ljubavi i smrti.

I osmehnu se angel potom
Na carstvo večnih zraka ;
Duša zaplaka za lepotom
Igre svetlosti i mraka.

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