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  The Son of Gog and Magog1   Góg és Magóg fia vagyok én
  Ady Endre   Ady Endre
       
  The son of Gog and Magog am I,   Góg és Magóg fia vagyok én, 
  On city wall and gate I bang in vain;   Hiába döngetek kaput, falat.
  And yet I’ve turned to you to ask:   S mégis megkérdtem tőletek:
  May one cry under the Carpathian chain?   Szabad-e sírni a Kárpátok alatt?
       
  By the famous Verecke2 road came I,   Verecke híres útján jöttem én, 
  Still clamors in my ears old Magyar song.   Fülembe még ősmagyar dal rivall,
  At Dévény3 will you let me break through,   Szabad-e Dévénynél betörnöm
  Bringing new songs of new times along?   Új időknek új dalaival?
       
  Into my ears come pour your scalding lead.   Fülembe forró ólmot öntsetek,
  Let me be a new, singing Vazul4,   Legyek az új, az énekes Vazul, 
  That I may not hear the new songs of life.   Ne halljam az élet új dalait,
  Trample on me roughly and be cruel.   Tiporjátok reám durván, gazul,
       
  Till then, with suffering, tears, expecting nothing, De addig is sírva, kínban, mit se várva, 
  Song on new wings nevertheless will soar.   Mégis csak száll új szárnyakon a dal
  Though Pusztaszer5 curse it a hundredfold,   S ha elátkozza százszor Pusztaszer, 
  It still triumphs, it’s still new and Magyar.   Mégis győztes, mégis új, és magyar.
       


[1] Gog and Magog were biblical figures mentioned in several books of the Bible, and were considered in medieval times to be the ancestors of the Hungarians.

[2] The Hungarian tribes entered the Carpathian Basin through Verecke Pass, from the East.  Ady could trace his ancestry back to the time of Árpád, so this was not merely symbolism.

[3] Dévény is a pass in the western Carpathians, leading to Austria and the West.

[4] Vazul was a pagan Hungarian leader rebelling against the Christianizing efforts of King St. Stephen.  He was not executed, but molten lead was poured into his ears as punishment.  Ady recognizes his role as a revolutionary poet.

[5] After their conquest of the Carpathian Basin at the end of the 9th century, the tribal leaders met at Pusztaszer to decide the division of the territory.  Here, Ady refers to Pusztaszer as a symbol of the literary archconservatives, who do not recognize as valid any modern form of writing or foreign influence.

 


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