Ángelos Sikelianós (1884-1951)

Γυμνὴ Σοῦ δέεται ἡ ψυχή. Ἀπὸ χαρά, ἀπὸ πόνο     γυμνή· ἀπὸ ἡδονὴ γυμνὴ Σοῦ δέεται ἡ ψυχή, Δημιουργέ, μέ μόνο     τὴν ἂπλαστη φωνή, πού, πρὶν στὴ σάρκα μου νά μπεῖ, στὸν κόρφο Σου–ὡς τζιτζίκι     κρυμμένο στὴν ἐλιὰ– βουλὴ δικὴ Σου χτύπαε στὴν καρδιά μου, κ’ ἒλεε : «νίκη,     νίκη στὰ πάντα! », καὶ δὲν ἢτανε μιλιὰ δική μου, ἦταν η δική σου, Θεέ. Μ’ ἐκείνη μόνο     Σοῦ δέομαι· λύτρωσέ μου τὸ σκοπὸ τὸ μυστικὸ ποὺ γεύτηκα βαθιὰ κ’ ἒξω ἀπ’ τὸ χρόνο,     γιὰ ν’ αγαπῶ, γιὰ ν’ αγαπῶ πάνω ἀπὸ πρόσωπα καί πλάσματα ἀπ’ τὸν ἓνα     ποὺ κλείνω μέσα μου παλμό, ποὺ εἶν’ ἓνας πιὰ γιὰ ζωντανὰ καί πεθαμένα·     δῶσε μου, ναί, τὸ λυτρωμό, τὸν ἂναρχο Ἒρωτα νὰ νιώσω ἀκέριο, Θέ μου,     μέσα στὰ στήθια μου ξανά· καὶ να ‘μαι σ’ ὂλα σὰν ἡ πνοὴ καὶ σὰν ἡ βοὴ τ’ ἀνέμου,     στὰ κοντινά, στὰ μακρινά . . .
Naked the soul entreats You. Of joy, of pain,     of pleasure naked, naked the soul entreats You, Maker, with alone     the voice uncreated, which lodged not yet in my flesh, but in Your breast,     as a cricket in olive-trees hides, with ‘Victory, victory in all’ on my heart impressed     Your will, and it spoke no words of mine, but Your words, God. With these alone     I ask You to vouchsafe the secret goal I could taste beyond time, deep down:     that I may love, may love beyond the faces and figments, beyond the lone     pulse kept within me close that’s now all one for the living and those who are gone:     vouchsafe me this release, to feel anew the Love-God, that had no birth,     Lord, in my heart entire, and to be as is the wild wind’s sound and breath     to all that is far and near.
Transcription: Themistokles Pantazakos

Translation: Copyright © Timothy Adès

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