Elliott Hawkins – Spoon River in italiano – poesia n°158

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Elliott Hawkins – testo e traduzione in italiano – poesia n°158

I LOOKED like Abraham Lincoln.
Sembravo Abraham Lincoln.
I was one of you, Spoon River, in all fellowship,
Ero uno di voi, Spoon River, in tutta amicizia,
But standing for the rights of property and for order.
ma ero per i diritti della proprietà e per l’ordine.
A regular church attendant,
un regolare frequentatore della chiesa,
Sometimes appearing in your town meetings to warn you
qualche volta apparivo nei dibattiti pubblici in città per ammonirti
Against the evils of discontent and envy,
contro il male della scontentezza e dell’invidia,
And to denounce those who tried to destroy the Union,
e per denunciare coloro che provavano a distruggere l’Unione,
And to point to the peril of the Knights of Labor.
e per indicare il pericolo dei cavalieri del lavoro.
My success and my example are inevitable influences
Il mio successo e il mio esempio sono inevitabili influenze
In your young men and in generations to come,
per i vostri ragazzi e per le generazioni a venire,
In spite of attacks of newspapers like the Clarion;
nonostante gli attacchi di giornali come il Clarion;
A regular visitor at Springfield,
un visitatore regolare di Springfield,
When the Legislature was in session,
quando la legislatura era in seduta,
To prevent raids upon the railroads,
per prevenire incursioni lungo le ferrovie,
And the men building up the state.
e gli uomini costruire lo stato.
Trusted by them and by you, Spoon River, equally
Scelto da loro e da voi, Spoon River, ugualmente
In spite of the whispers that I was a lobbyist.
nonostante le voci dicessero fossi un lobbista.
Moving quietly through the world, rich and courted.
Spostandomi tranquillamente sul mondo, ricco e corteggiato.
Dying at last, of course, but lying here
Infine morendo, ovviamente, ma giacendo qui
Under a stone with an open book carved upon it
sotto una roccia con un libro aperto scolpito su essa
And the words ”Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
e le parole “Di tali è il regno dei cieli.”
And now, you world-savers, who reaped nothing in life
E ora, voi salvatori del mondo, che raccoglieste niente in vita
And in death have neither stones nor epitaphs,
e nella morte non aveste alcuna lapide nè epitaffio,
How do you like your silence from mouths stopped
come vi trovate col vostro silenzio da bocche ammutolite
With the dust of my triumphant career?
dalla polvere della mia trionfante carriera?

Testo completo ii lingua inglese della poesia “Elliott Hawkins” – Spoon River

I LOOKED like Abraham Lincoln.
I was one of you, Spoon River, in all fellowship,
But standing for the rights of property and for order.
A regular church attendant,
Sometimes appearing in your town meetings to warn you
Against the evils of discontent and envy,
And to denounce those who tried to destroy the Union,
And to point to the peril of the Knights of Labor.
My success and my example are inevitable influences
In your young men and in generations to come,
In spite of attacks of newspapers like the Clarion;
A regular visitor at Springfield,
When the Legislature was in session,
To prevent raids upon the railroads,
And the men building up the state.
Trusted by them and by you, Spoon River, equally
In spite of the whispers that I was a lobbyist.
Moving quietly through the world, rich and courted.
Dying at last, of course, but lying here
Under a stone with an open book carved upon it
And the words ”Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
And now, you world-savers, who reaped nothing in life
And in death have neither stones nor epitaphs,
How do you like your silence from mouths stopped
With the dust of my triumphant career?

   
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