A Masked Ball on Mt Rudnik

A Masked Ball on Mt Rudnik

By Vojislav Ilić

Even here a masked ball will be staged,
Everybody’s invited, both young and aged-
A board was set up. In the days to come
We’ll invite guests from other places some.
The chairman is in charge as nominated,
For he’ll represent the tsar as designated:
A golden fleece medal will adorn his chest,
However, on his head no crown will rest –
Instead, a leather hat or cap he’ll require,
Delegates will represent many a squire.
Beasts too will gather at his feet there:
Many a monkey, cat, panther and bear.
Young women and many a maiden fair
Will be playing naiads and nymphs bare.
Mt Rudnik too when by laughter awaken,
Is sure to be by merry laughter shaken.
Just for fun and to keep them satisfied,
Wi’ the role of a pig the mayor complied.
Some lady, rather old yet full of charm,
Acquired her uniform from a gendarme.
The tsar much insisted on the need
For all to stick to their own trade indeed.
Thus, a peasant was invited to consent
A lame beggar personally to represent.
But, the whole community was so upset:
Can the peasant beggar’s clothes get?
A wise head sorted out the whole mess:
The peasant shall in his own clothes dress.

So that’s the programme for all of you to see;
Serbs, drop us a line and tell us if you agree.
.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Maskenbal na Rudniku

I kod nas ovamo maskenbal se gradi,
pozvati su stari, pozvati su mladi –
i odbor je sklopljen. I već ovih dana
pozvaćemo goste i sa drugih strana.
Predsednik odbora o svemu se stara,
jer je on određen da predstavlja cara:
imaće na grud’ma orden zlatnog runa,
ali mu na glavi neće biti kruna –
nego, mesto krune, čakov ili kapa;
odbornici biće gomila satrapa.
Kraj njegovih nogu skupiće se zveri:
medvedi, majmuni, mačke i panteri.
Gospođice lepe i gospođe mlade
predstavljaće gole nimfe i najade.
Ta i sam će Rudnik, kad ga smej probudi,
od silnoga smeja da razvali grudi.
Za veselje takvo i za ljubav njinu,
sam načelnik pristo da predstavlja svinju.
Jedna lepa gospa, ali dosta stara,
nabavila ruvo od jednog žandara.
Car je na to pažnju obratio mnogo
svaki svoga “faha” da se drži strogo:
tako smo pozvali i jednog seljaka
da predstavlja sobom hromoga prosjaka.
Nego tu se društvo zabrinulo celo:
da li seljak ima prosjačko odelo?
Jedna mudra glava reši zbrku celu:
ta nek dođe seljak u svome odelu.

Eto to je program, neka svako vidi;
pišite nam, Srbi, kako vam se svidi?

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