At the Forum

At the Forum

By Vojislav Ilić

Hark! From the Forum echoes a merry cheer,
As ‘fore the Roman crowd Tiberius does appear.
The ecstatic applause roared like a raging sea
To inspirit young Gracchus. At Cornelia’s court, in glee,
On a gold cart, encircled by the cheering Roman crowd,
A tribune’s toga and a wreath he receives all proud.
The vicious senators and dreadful lictors silent keep,
Whilst, sly and devious, a road to victory they seek.

Hark! From the Forum echoes a merry cheer,
As ‘fore the Roman crowd vile Nasica does appear.
O’er the Forum a curse looms. A wood of spears high
Up is lifted and all glistening it threatens a grim sky.
A wild Gaul, Sarmatian and Hellene, and many a slave
Like statues of Chronos their spears frantically wave
And in wild rapture, with no fear or a pang of remorse,
Like black ravens cry as they drag Gracchus’ corse.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Sa foruma

Čuj, sa foruma, eno, vika se radosno hori,
Pred silnom svetinom rimskom to Tiverije zbori.
Šumno se pljeskanje širi podobno burnome moru,
Hrabreći mladoga Graha… U Kornelijinom dvoru,
Na zlatnoj kolesnici, okružen svetinom Rima;
On togu tribuna rimskog i venac od mirte prima.
A senatori podli i strašni liktori ćute,
Lukavo, u zboru svome, tražeći k pobedi pute.

Čuj, sa foruma, eno, vika se radosno hori,
Pred silnom svetinom rimskom to podli Nasika zbori.
Prokletstvo s foruma grmi. I šuma kopala njini’
Preteći k nebu se diže i blista na visini.
I divlji Gal, i Jelin, i Sarmat, i sila roblja,
Kô tučne statue Krona pomamno stresaju koplja
I već, u divljoj strasti, bez nežne tuge i straha,
Kô crni gavrani kliču i buku lešinu Graha.

Tiberius-Gracchus-

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