To God

To God

By Jovan Dučić

Never have I cast a stone at thee,
Nor hath my soul denied thy fame;
Thro’ my entire life thou’st guide me,
And I’d always hallow thy holy name.

From all things thou’dst behold me,
I’d hear thy voice in th’ hush of th’ sea.
Awe-inspired I’d always kneel to thee,
And follow thy light that shone unto me.

And never have I parted from thee,
And, albeit lonely, alone I’ve ne’er been.
For thee I’d swear, I’d repent for thee,
As the bitter night falls on the hills so green.

In my fancy temples I’d create for thee;
In thy praise I’d ring the bells across;
For thy holy Son I’d too weep bitterly;
I’d banish the vile devil from thy cross.
And thou that made the sun and meadow,
Hath been but a Belief, horrible and vain:
For, every spiritual Truth bounds doth know,
Only our Belief boundless doth remain.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Bogu

Nikad se nisam na te bacio kamenom,
Niti u svome duhu tvoj sjaj odricao;
I svoj put pređoh ceo sa tvojim znamenom,
Svugde sam tebe zvao i svud te klicao.

Iz sviju stvari ti si u mene gledao,
Tvoj gromki glas sam čuo u morskom ćutanju…
S bolom pred noge tvoje svagda se predao,
Samo za tvojim žiškom sledio putanju.

A od tebe se nikad nisam odvajao,
Stoga i ne beh samac u dnu svih osama…
Zbog tebe sam se kleo i za te kajao,
Kad padne gorko veče po gorskim kosama.

U mašti sam ti bele svud crkve zidao;
I za molitve sam tvoje u zvona zvonio;
Za tvoga blagog Sina i ja sam ridao;
I đavola sam crnog s tvog krsta gonio.
A ti što sazda sunca i plod oranice,
Bio si samo Slutnja, bolna i stravična:
Jer svaka Istina duha znade za granice,
Jedino naša Slutnja stoji bezgranična.

jovan-ducic

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