domingo, 6 de outubro de 2013

Купалінка/Kupalinka: Once In The Garden of Eden the Roses Grew Without Thorns... (Belarusian Folk Song)

Купалінка, купалінка,
Цёмная ночка,
Цёмная ночка,
А дзе ж твая дочка?

Мая дочка ў садочку
Ружу, ружу поліць,
Ружу, ружу поліць,
Белы ручкі коліць.

Кветачкі рвець, кветачкі рвець,
Вяночкі звівае,
Вяночкі звівае,
Слёзкі пралівае.

Kupalinka, Kupalinka
It’s dark in the night
It’s dark in the night
Where is your daughter, Kupalinka?

My daughter is in the garden
She weeds the rose
She weeds the rose
And wounds her white hands

She picks the flowers
She picks the flowers
And weaves garlands
She weaves garlands and sheds tears.

If true, here only, and of delicious taste:
Betwixt them Lawns, or level Downs, and Flocks
Grasing the tender herb, were interpos'd,
Or palmie hilloc, or the flourie lap
Of som irriguous Valley spred her store,
Flours of all hue, and without Thorn the Rose

John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 4

(In Christian art, the white rose is a symbol of purity, the gold or yellow rose a symbol of impossible perfection and papal benediction, and the red rose a symbol for martyrdom. The rose is a frequent symbol for the Virgin Mary, who is called a "rose without thorns" since she was free of original sin. This may refer to St. Ambrose's legend that the roses grew, without thorns, in the Garden of Eden. After the Fall, it became an earthly plant, and the thorns appeared as a reminder of man's sins and fall from grace. The scent and beauty remained as a poignant reminder of the lost perfection of Paradise.)


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