“0, Diep Rivier, 0 Donker Stroom, Hoe lank” EM

“0, Diep Rivier, 0 Donker Stroom,
Hoe lank het ek gewag, hoe lank gedroom,
Die lem van liefde wroegend in my hart?
In jou omhelsing eindig al my smart;
Blus uit, 0 Diep Rivier, die vlam van haat,
Die groot verlange wat my nooit verlaat.
Ek sien van ver die glans van staal en goud,
Ek hoor die sag’ gedruis van waters diep en koud;
Ek hoor jou stem as fluistering in ‘n droom,
Kom snel, 0 Diep Rivier, 0 Donker Stroom. ” Eugene Marais

, Deep River, 0 Dark Stream,
How long have I waited, how long dre.amed,
The blade of love twisting in my heart.
In your embrace ends all my pain;
Extinguish, 0 Deep River, the flame of hate,
The great longing that never leaves me.
I see from afar the glint of steel and gold,
I hear the soft murmur of water deep and cold;
I hear your voice as whispering in a dream,
Come soon, 0 Deep River, 0 Dark Stream.
(translated by C. Reitz)   Eugene Marais

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