The Wife of Hasan Aga

The Wife of Hasan Aga Heroic Ballads of Serbia translated by George Rapall Noyes & Leonard Bacon – (1) What shows white in the wood? A flock of swans or a bank of snow? Swans would have flown and a snow bank would have melted long ago. It is not snow, nor a milk-white swan, […]

The Serpent Bridegroom

The Serpent Bridegroom Heroic Ballads of Serbia translated by George Rapall Noyes & Leonard Bacon – I will tell you a marvel, brethren, how the King of Budim was wed, And nine full years passed over, yet there was no child to his bed. Forth issued King Milútin; he went to the forest-close; But God […]

The Miracle of St. Nicholas

The Miracle of St. Nicholas Heroic Ballads of Serbia translated by George Rapall Noyes & Leonard Bacon – Dear God, great marvel is it unseen wonders to behold! In St. Paul’s white monastery were tables of the gold, And all the saints in order were seated. At the head Was the Thunderer Elijah; where the […]

Muyo and Aliya

Muyo and Aliya Heroic Ballads of Serbia translated by George Rapall Noyes & Leonard Bacon – MUYO and Áliya were brothers, and nobly did they live; Their very steeds and armor to each other would they give. They came unto a turbid lake, and a duck went swimming by, With golden wings; and Muyo let […]

Sister and Brother

Sister and Brother Heroic Ballads of Serbia translated by George Rapall Noyes & Leonard Bacon – Nine dear sons and a daughter, a mother bore and bred; She reared them up till they were grown and the sons were ready to wed, And the maiden ripe for marriage. And straightway asked for her Three suitors, […]

Predrag and Nenad

Predrag and Nenad Heroic Ballads of Serbia translated by George Rapall Noyes & Leonard Bacon – A mother reared two tender sons, in a hungry time and year, At her left and right. And Predrag, that is to say, “Most Dear,” She named the first with a fair name; also the second son Nenad she […]

The War of the Montenegrins with Mahmud Pasha

The War of the Montenegrins with Mahmud Pasha Heroic Ballads of Serbia translated by George Rapall Noyes & Leonard Bacon – (1) Vizier Mahmud on Bóyana in Scútari the white Hath gathered his viziers and the captains of his might, Picked Turkish chiefs. When they were come, he spake unto them then: “Here is a […]

The Captivity of Stoyan Yánkovich

The Captivity of Stoyan Yánkovich Heroic Ballads of Serbia translated by George Rapall Noyes & Leonard Bacon – WHEN the Turks took Kotári, great havoc did they make With the house of Yánkovich Íliya Smílyanich did they take And likewise Stoyan Yánkovich; bereft was Íliya’s bride Of fifteen days; ungently from his wife’s youthful side […]

The Marriage of Stoyan Yánkovich

The Marriage of Stoyan Yánkovich Heroic Ballads of Serbia translated by George Rapall Noyes & Leonard Bacon – While still men dreamed not of the dawn, the gates were opened wide In Údbina, and from the town a squadron forth did ride. Four and thirty friends are there; before them is Mustay Bey, The lord […]

The Death of Ivo of Senye

The Death of Ivo of Senye Heroic Ballads of Serbia translated by George Rapall Noyes & Leonard Bacon – Ivo’s mother dreamed that darkness was risen Senye (1) around, That the clear sky was broken and the bright moon fell to the ground On Rúzhitsa church in Senye, and the stars fled far and wide, […]