kam nas pelje strast ... / by Anja Mejač

Sonet 129 

Le tratenje moči v prepad sramote, 
le to je strast; in ko se strast zaganja, 
je podla, kruta, besna do togote, 
pogoltna, verolomna, željna klanja; 
za hipec bajna je, čez hip že slaba; 
brezumno iskana, a ko zabesni, 
brezumno mrzka - kot požrta vaba, 
nastavljena, da žrtev poblazni; 
v pogonu blazna, blazna je v posesti
in nenasitna, ko gre plen lovit; 
v užitku slast, užita vir bolesti, 
v čakanju radost, potlej bled privid. 
Ves svet to ve, ne ve pa, kam ušel
bi tem nebesom, ki drže v pekel.

Prevedel Janez Menart


Sonnet 129 

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame, 
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust, 
Enjoy'd no sooner but despised straight, 
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
Past reason hated, as a swallow'd bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad; 
Mad in pursuit and in possession so; 
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme; 
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe; 
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream. 
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

William Shakespeare