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“Il beduino” di Frederick Engels

2011-06-27
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“Il Beduino” è la prima opera di Engels mai stampata. La scrisse all’inizio della sua permanenza a Brema, dove lavorò come impiegato in una compagnia commerciale dal luglio 1838 al marzo 1841. Preparando questo poema l’editore del Bremisches Conversationsblatt cambiò l’ultima stanza senza il permesso dell’autore. Il testo originale è citato in una lettera ai fratelli Graeber del 17-18 settembre 1838.

Ecco il testo in inglese:

Now the bell rings, and suddenly
The silken curtain swift ascends.
And all in hushed expectancy
Wait for the evening to commence.

No Kotzebue commands the scene
To set the merry audience roaring.
No Schiller of the earnest mien
Steps forth, his golden words outpouring.

Sons of the desert, proud and free,
Walk on to greet us, face to face;
But pride is vanished utterly,
And freedom lost without a trace.

They jump at money’s beck and call
(As once that lad from dune to dune
Bounded for joy). They’re silent, all,
Save one who sings a dirge-like tune.

The audience, amazed and awed
By what these acrobats can do,
Applauds them, just as it applauds
The trumperies of Kotzebue.

Fleet nomads of the desert lands,
You’ve braved the sun’s fierce noontide rays
Through harsh Morocco’s burning sands,
Through valleys where the date-palms sway.

And through the garden paradise
Of Bled-el-Djerid once you swept.
You turned your wits to bold forays.
Your steeds to battle proudly stepped.

You sat there, where moon lustres spill
By rare springs in a palm-tree grove,
And lovely lips with gracious skill
A fairy-story garland wove.

Sleeping in narrow tents you lay
In love’s warm arms, with dreams all round,
Till sunrise ushered in the day
And camels made their bellowing sound.

They jump at money’s beck and call,
And not at Nature’s primal urge.
Their eyes are blank, they’re silent, all,
Except for one who sings a dirge (fonte).

 

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2 Responses to “Il beduino” di Frederick Engels

  1. letturearabe on 2011-06-28 at 16:46

    vorrei vedere l’originale in tedesco mannaggia…

    • falecius on 2011-06-28 at 22:16

      Anche io. E’ interessante.

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