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Вера Беларуса

    Цётка (Алаіза Пашкевіч)

    Веру братцы: людзьмі станем,
    Хутка скончым мы свой сон
    На свет божы шырэй глянем,
    Век напіша нам закон.
    Не чарнілам на паперу,
    Дзесь ў архіве не здае, —
    Ен збірае поту меру
    І на ніву нашу лье,
    Землю поіць, яна родзе
    Сок ў зярнятах нам на хлеб.
    Спажываем, а ў народзе
    Штось як шэпча: «У ставай, слеп!»
    Веру, братцы, ў нашу сілу,
    Веру ў волі нашай гарт:
    Чую агонь ў нас — не брыну,
    Бачу, братцы, мы не з карт,
    Мы не з гіпсу, мы — з камення,
    Мы — з жалеза, мы — са сталі,
    Нас кавалі у пламенні,
    Каб мацнейшымі мы сталі.
    Цяпер, братцы, мы з граніту,
    Душа наша з дынаміту,
    Рука цвёрда, грудзь акута,
    Пара, братцы, парваць пута!


The Faith of a Byelorussian

    by Ciotka (Alaiza Pashkievich)

    I believe we shall be people,
    Soon our dreaming will be o'er;
    We'll scan the world more widely, deeply,
    And the age shall write our law.
    Not with ink on paper, treasure
    Hidden in some archives' store, —
    It will take of sweat a measure
    And upon the ploughland pour,
    Watering the earth which gives us
    Sap to swell the grain for bread.
    We eat, and through the folk 'tis whispered:
    'Rise up, O ye in blindness bred!'
    I believe in strength within us,
    In our free-will, tempered hard,
    Fire I feel, not coldness, in us,
    Friends, we are not made from card,
    Not of plaster, but stone burnished,
    Made of iron, made of steel,
    They have forged us in the furnace
    So we stronger be in zeal.
    Now, friends, we are granite mighty,
    And our spirit dynamite is,
    Mailed fist, breast in armour shining,
    Time to rend our bonds confining.






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