Posted by: mbconsulting | June 14, 2010

Celebration – Eminescu and Doina

Doina – is a Romanian type song, included by UNESCO in the world patrimony. The melody of is similar with a ballade or blues. Generally, Doina is a song about love and “dor” – untranslated into English a Romanian word about the way you feel (blue) when you suffer for your love.

Mihai Eminescu, the Romanian poet, that will be celebrated tomorrow, wrote a poem ” Doina”. Please see the video with translations provided by Corneliu M Popescu, chorus and orchestra from Chisinau Philharmonic, soloist: Olga Ciolacu, music by Romanian composer Tudor Chiriac, lyrics – Doina by Mihai Eminescu.

Doina – poem by Mihai Eminescu

From Tisa to the Nistru’s tide
All Romania’s people cried
That they could no longer stir
For the rabbled foreigner.
From Hotin down to the sea
Rides the Muscal cavalry;

From the sea back to Hotin
Nothing but their host is seen;
While from Dorna to Boian
Seems the plague has spread its ban;
Leaving on our land a scar
That you scarcely know it more.
Up the mountains down the dale,
Have our foes flung far their trail.
From Sacele to Satmar
Only foreign lords there are;
While Romanians one and all
Like the crab must backwards crawl.
And reversed is everything:
Spring for them is no more spring,
Summer is no longer summer,
They, at home, the foreign comer.
From Turnu up to Dorohoi
Does the alien horde deploy
And our fertile fields enjoy.
With their rumbling trains they come
Making all our voices dumb,
And our birds so much affray
That in haste they fly away.
Nothing now but withered thorn
Does the Christian’s hearth adorn.
And the smiling earth they smother;
Forest-good Romanian brother –
You too bend before their tide,
And the very springs they’ve dried.
Sad is this our countryside.

Who has sent them to these parts,
May the dogs eat out their hearts;
May the night their homes efface,
And with them this shameless race.
May his widow live astray
Children’s bread ever deny.

Stephen, mighty emperor,
You in Putna reign no more.
While his holy Prelacy
Guards alone the monastery,
Where the priests in fervent prayer
Of the saints take pious care.
Let them toll the bells away,
All the night and all the day,
And the gracious Lord invoke
That he come and save your folk !
Stephen rise up from the ground,
And your battle trumpet sound
All Moldavia gathered round.
Blow your trumpet just one blare,
All Moldavia will be there;
Let your trumpet blazed two
That the forests follow you;
Let your trumpet blazed three,
That our foes demolished be
From the mountains to the sea,
That the crows may hear their knell
And the gallows-tree as well.

The poem “Doina” by Eminescu was forbidden during communism era because the poem mentioned territories that did not anymore belong to Romania, as there were before, and there were transfered to the former Soviet Union, now actual Moldovia, as a peace convention signed at the end of WW2. Times are changing…

Only a few people knew this poem before 1990. But, if you were, by chance, travelling for seeing the Monasteries from the NE Romania, also included in UNESCO Patrimony, you could heard at Putna Monastery, coutry Suceava, the poem told by a monk. There I heart first time in my life and kept under my dearest memories that day and those places.

Moldova, part of Romania, and Moldova, after the Prut, are wonderful places for which it really makes sense to visit them.

When you travel, do not forget to take with you a book, or e-reader with Eminescu’s poems and a CD or Ipod with Ciprian Porumbescu’s song,Ballade.

Enjoy your time,


PS. Recent sources reveal also other causes that contribuited to the death of Eminescu. The Romanian and the Austrian authorities of the time staged the “illness” that finally led to the death of Eminescu in order to marginalize a powerful political adversary of the Romanian-Austrian treaty that was signed at that time. The secret treaty required Romania to cease its support to Transylvanian Romanians (then under Austrian rule). It did so (for a time), which caused certain Transylvanian-born Romanians to leave Bucharest. Eminescu, too, was under constant surveillance.

Nicolae Iorga, the Romanian historian, considers Eminescu the godfather of the modern Romanian language. He is still unanimously celebrated as the greatest and most representative Romanian poet.


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