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Posted: 20/07/2015 by vequinox in Literature


Orphic Hymn

Beyond the minds of the thoughtless
functionary and orphic hymnist
I bring back the hymn
of an ancient light worship
as my thought runs to it now
a river stashed away
the people’s buzzing but a surprise
to the rhythm of my guitar
that during the night I start to climb
the difficult to reach mountain top
first I wish to hail the Apollonian light
while down where people live
sleep and darkness still prevail
Ὀρφικὸς Ὕμνος
Ἔξω ἀπὸ τοὺς δρόμους τῶν ἀστόχαστων,
λειτουργὸς καὶ ψάλτης ὀρφικός,
ἕναν ὕμνο ξαναφέρνω
μιᾶς λατρείας πανάρχαιας πρὸς τὸ φῶς.
Ἔτρεξε ὡς τὰ τώρα ὁ λογισμός μου,
καταχωνιασμένος ποταμὸς
ξάφνισμα στὸ βούισμα τῶν ἀνθρώπων
τῆς κιθάρας μου ὁ ρυθμός.
Νύχτα ξεκινῶ, νύχτ᾿ ἀνεβαίνω
τὴ δυσκολανέβατη κορφὴ
θέλω μόνος, θέλω πρῶτος
τ᾿ ἀπολλώνιο φῶς νὰ χαιρετίσω,
ἐνῶ κάτου στοὺς ἀνθρώπους
θὰ εἶν᾿ ἀκόμα ὁ ὕπνος καὶ τὸ σκότος.
~ Κωστή Παλαμά, μετάφραση Μανώλη Αλυγιζάκη
~Poem by Kostis Palamas, translated by Manolis Aligizakis