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Dimcho Debelyanov

Born in Koprivštitza, studied in Plovdiv but like most Bulgarian intellectuals graviated in Sofia. Drew inspiration from Pentcho Slaveykov whos cast of mind fitted Debelyanov's melancholy. Striking spiritual affinity between Yavorov and Debelyanov. During his poetically immature period, 1906-1910, worked odd jobs to suuport himself. In his prime mature period, 1911-1915, symbolism was a leading component in his writing but he also wrote a very personal lyrics.
Volunteered for service and killed in Greece on October 2, 1916.

  Da se zavqrnesh.../To come back..


 

Da se zavqrnesh v bashtinata kqshta,

To come back to your daddy's place

kogato vecherta smireno gasne

When quiet day is slowly dying

i tihi pazvi tiha nosht razgrqshta

And silent night's unfolding to embrace

da prilaskae skrqbni i neshtastni.

And take the poor and the crying.

Kat breme hvqrlil chernata umora,

To set aside the sorrow's yoke

shto bezuteshni dni ti zaveshtaha -

That you inherited from bitter days,

ti s plahi stqpki da sqbudish v dvora

And waking in the garden with your walk

pred gostenin ochakvan radost plaha.

The precious spark of hopes and prays.

 

Da te presreshtne starata na praga

And on the porch to meet an elder lady,

i slojil chelo na bezsilno ramo,

Her shoulder weak-a refuge for your bother,

da cheznesh v neynata usmivka blaga

And in her charming smile-you slowly fading

i dqlgo da povtaryash: mamo, mamo..

And whispering forever "Mother, mother..."

Smireno vlyazql v stayata poznata,

A room to enter, where you've been,

posledna tvoya pristan i zaslona

Not long ago for rest and peace,

da shqpnesh tihi dumi v tishinata

You whisper words - unheard, unseen -

vpil moren pogled v starata ikona:

And in the icon on the wall you seeking ease

az doydoh da dochakam miren zanik,

I came to see my last sundown

che moyto slqnce svoya pqt izmina..

Because my journey's reached the end...

 

O, skriti vopli na pechalen strannik,

Oh, hidden moans of a traveller not found

naprazno spomnil mayka i rodina!

The way back to his mother and his land.

Last modified: August 15, 1997