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Недели проходят под знаком "трудно быть бестолковой". И, как всегда, когда я начинаю раскручивать последствия пройденного штопора (а это всегда тяжелее, чем, собственно, быть в штопоре), в руки попадаются любимые стихи. За последние "разрешенные себе" деньги куплено полное собрание изданных у нас переводов Бернса. А ещё - постоянно в голове вертится Киплинг и его стих "Естественная Теология". Без ката - только кусочек цитаты, полностью описывающий текущее состояние:

We had a kettle: we let it leak:
Our not repairing it made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe!

Развлекаюсь тем, что чиню чайник. :) Дальше - для заинтересованных.

In short - I love Kipling, and I do love his position on being delivered to one's own keeping. This is one of my favorite poems to read after having afflicted myself by something - rather aids in keeping a sense of self-irony and humor! :)



Natural Theology

Primitive


I ate my fill of a whale that died
And stranded after a month at sea.
There is a pain in my inside.
Why have the Gods afflicted me?
Ow! I am purged till I am a wraith!
Wow! I am sick till I cannot see!
What is the sense of Religion and Faith :
Look how the Gods have afflicted me!


Pagan

How can the skin of rat or mouse hold
Anything more than a harmless flea?
The burning plague has taken my household.
Why have my Gods afflicted me?
All my kith and kin are deceased,
Though they were as good as good could be,
I will out and batter the family priest,
Because my Gods have afflicted me!


Medi/Eval

My privy and well drain into each other
After the custom of Christendie.
Fevers and fluxes are wasting my mother.
Why has the Lord afflicted me?
The Saints are helpless for all I offer--
So are the clergy I used to fee.
Henceforward I keep my cash in my coffer,
Because the Lord has afflicted me.


Material

I run eight hundred hens to the acre
They die by dozens mysteriously.
I am more than doubtful concerning my Maker,
Why has the Lord afflicted me?
What a return for all my endeavour--
Not to mention the L. S. D!
I am an atheist now and for ever,
Because this God has afflicted me!


Progressive

Money spent on an Army or Fleet
Is homicidal lunacy.
My son has been killed in the Mons retreat,
Why is the Lord afflicting me?
Why are murder, pillage and arson
And rape allowed by the Deity?
I will write to the Times, deriding our parson
Because my God has afflicted me.


Chorus

We had a kettle: we let it leak:
Our not repairing it made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week.
The bottom is out of the Universe!


Conclusion

This was none of the good Lord's pleasure,
For the Spirit He breathed in Man is free;
But what comes after is measure for measure,
And not a God that afflicteth thee.
As was the sowing so the reaping
Is now and evermore shall be.
Thou art delivered to thine own keeping.
Only Thyself hath afflicted thee!

Date: 2008-04-08 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lugovskaya.livejournal.com
Офф: если я нарисуюсь в среду утром\днём, нормально ли это будет? Планирую быть в Киеве до дня пятницы

Date: 2008-04-08 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] werekat.livejournal.com
Не вопрос, но меня там будет довольно мало. Штопор. :) А вообще - буду рада видеть, хотя и мало!

Date: 2008-04-09 05:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanda-mif-chgk.livejournal.com
Мы тоже будем рады! что, прямо сегодня? Или на той неделе? Все равно - если будет время - будем рады тебя видеть!

Date: 2008-04-09 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanda-mif-chgk.livejournal.com
Зэл, тебя тоже, между прочим! И тебя сова ждет, вообще!

Date: 2008-04-09 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liberis.livejournal.com
Wow! Kipling is brilliant, as always. Could sign my name under every letter. Apart from one thing - of course we afflict ourselves. But sometimes our Lord takes pity on us and delivers a miracle - so that affliction turns into benefit. With me - quite often...

How about translating this one? Will we try?;)

Thank you, by the way, for bringing such a treasure out.

And isn't it a complete shame, that the English speakers themselves don't read him! At all!!! Even Maugli is a rarity. And all because they stuck to him this idotic tag of "not being politicaly correct". Hate this hipocricy! Just hate it!

Date: 2008-04-09 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] werekat.livejournal.com
I'm not Christian, as you well know, so... And I've trouble with the notion of miracles, as well. Nonetheless. :)

You're most welcome. :) But you're kidding me - Kipling and left unread? I can hardly believe it.

I think trying for a translation is a good idea. I've been thinking throughout the day, but haven't any ideas as of yet.

Date: 2008-04-10 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liberis.livejournal.com
You don't need to be a Christian to believe in higher forces:) And to believe in miracles too.
As to popularity of Kipling - Cross my heart! But you know yourself - they never revisit classics. Almost never. Promise to start thinking about translation - next week. Now am crazy busy with work (HELLL!!!) When are you going to Italy?

Date: 2008-04-10 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] werekat.livejournal.com
I find it hard to believe in "higher" forces. As far as I see it, we're all parts of the Absolute, and while a God may be greater than myself, and possibly even awe-inspiring et all - that it still no reason for an apriori feeling of respect. And miracles... That, too. Magic I can understand. Miracles? Still can't get a grip on it.

Italy - if all is well, the 26th.

Date: 2008-04-11 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liberis.livejournal.com
I see... You mean, you don't get unexpected gifts from life? For me - that is one form of miracle. Something out of ordinary, unexpected, wonderful, something to feel grateful for. Partially, because it comes unasked for...

Date: 2008-04-12 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] werekat.livejournal.com
Yeah, I do, but that's dialogue. You do unexpected things, the world does unexpected things, and, hopefully, you mutually derive pleasure. I can't consider it a miracle - probably some kind of bug in my head. I'm a miracle-worker, you could say - I find it hard to believe in that which is my craft.

Date: 2008-04-15 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liberis.livejournal.com
О!:)
Перевод начал зарифмовываться. Вчера на кухне - даж текста под рукой не было. Слушай, а можно я этот стих в качестве задания в нашу куличкинскую школу рифм утащу?:)


Сегодня я
Пол туши
Кита сожрал,
Который месяц
На пляже
в песке лежал,
И вот теперь
Болит, бурчит
мой живот,
Икаю я,
И диарея
Меня гнетет!
Я с каменного
Горшка
пол дня не слезал,
За что ты,
Великий Дух,
Меня наказал?

:)))

Date: 2008-04-15 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] werekat.livejournal.com
Вполне, забирай. :)

оффтоп

Date: 2008-05-04 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dashca-enotik.livejournal.com
Собираюсь в Киев на квартирник Тикки Шельен, приехать вечером 9-го, уехать числа 11, можно к тебе вписаться? :)

Date: 2008-06-20 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 4xakul1na-4260.livejournal.com
Прикольный пост... :)
Всегда завидовала творческим людям... Когда нибудь и я научусь...
Буду очень признательна, если поможете мне победить в конкурсе красоты (http://miss-runet.net/?a=125550).
Победа в этом конкурсе ОЧЕНЬ много для меня значит! Заранее благодарна всем, кто откликнется на мою просьбу.

С Уважением, Акулина.
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