In the Night

In the Night

By Vojislav Ilić

The day hides behind the yonder hill,
And the shadow of night bends low;
As if dreaming of eternity, the wood still
Throbs deep…Awake, I plod slow

To its shade the narrow lane down,
Harking the hum thro’ the gloom there,
Beholding the bloom-adorned ground,
And insatiably drinking the odorous air.

Before me winds and runs the stream,
Like a radiant streak, clear and bright,
On young twigs it shoots the gleam,
On colourful flowers and leaves light.

All around me only deep silence reigns,
A pale moon hangs the boughs behind,
I carry on, but where to? Which lanes?
Ignorant is the heart, tacit is the mind!

The land and men in repose are blest,
I can clearly feel the breathing of night;
But this heart of mine, but my chest,
Know not of sweet quietude the might.

Yet, I would roam so till the daybreak,
And drift softly in the still of the night.
Harking the branches touch and quake,
And faintly echo a secret hum of delight.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

U noći

Za daljna brda beli dan se skriva,
I tavne noći povija se sen;
Dubrava nema, kô da večnost sniva,
Potmulo huji… U zasenak njen

Po uskoj stazi ja se budan krećem,
I slušam šumor kroz duboki mrak,
I gledam zemlju, okićenu cvećem,
I žudno pijem mirišljavi zrak.

Preda mnom potok vije se i krade
Kô sjajna pruga, svetao i čist,
I baca iskre na grančice mlade,
Na šaren cvetak, na zeleni list.

Uokrug mene tišina je samo,
Kroz brsno granje bledi mesec sja
Ja bludim dalje… Al’ kuda? i kamo?
Nit razum kaže, niti srce zna!

Počiva zemlja, počivaju ljudi,
Osećam čisto kako diše noć;
Al’ moje srce, ali moje grudi,
spokojstva slatkog ne poznaju moć.

Pa ipak, ja bih do zorice rane,
Bludio tako po tišini toj.
Slušajuć kako dotiču se grane,
I tiho šire tajni šapat svoj…

night

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