Invocation

Invocation

By Milan Rakić

Mention me in your prayers, my dear,
When the sun sinks behind yonder hill,
For I am plagued by many thoughts ill,
And like a frail child I am filled with fear.

You pure soul, may you be like Genevieve
That o’er the sleeping Paris keeps guard,
While under her blessing at close of eve,
Slumber all chaste lovers and villains hard.

May, under your humble prayer, silent fall,
O eternal protectress of this soul of mine,
All of the ill thoughts that my heart befall,
And, like villains, the fight will not resign.

Mention me in your prayers, my dear; then
I shall know in my gloomy hours of despair,
When the evil force blows and strikes again,
That your kind soul of me takes good care.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Priziv

Pomeni me u molitvama tvojim
kad sunce pada za daleke gore,
jer znaj da mene kobne misli more,
i da se, kao slabo dete, bojim.

Ti čista dušo, budi Genoveva*,
nad zaspalim Parizom koja bdi,
dokle pod njenim blagoslovom sneva
ljubavnik čedan i zločinci svi;

I nek pod tvojom molitvom zaćute,
o zaštitnice večna duše moje,
sve kobne misli što mi srce mute,
i, ko zločinci, spremne za boj stoje.

Pomeni me u molitvama, mila,
i ja ću znati u časove tame,
kad opet grune nečastiva sila,
da dobra duša tvoja pazi na me…

Amerika 2012 215

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