William Shakespeare | Nếu ta sinh ra để chết, như giờ – If we are mark’d to die, we are enough (5)

William Shakespeare, the English playwright (1564-1616) born and died in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

by William Shakespeare, translation into Vietnamese by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


Nếu ta sinh ra để chết, như giờ

Thiệt thòi ơi cho đất nước; nếu sống

Thì quá ít hiểu sự vinh dự là gì.

Ý trời! Thôi tôi xin ngài đừng mong muốn hơn.

Thật ra, nói đến vàng bạc tôi chả thiết tha gì,

Hay bao nhiêu tiền để chuộc để sống;

Tôi chả thiết tha gì suy nghĩ của người ta về những gì trên người tôi;

Những thứ bề ngoài đó tôi nghĩ chi cho mệt:

Nếu sự thèm thuồng bao gồm những vinh dự là tội lỗi,

Vậy tôi là một người tội lỗi nhất trên thế gian này.

If we are mark’d to die, we are enough

To do our country loss; and if to live,

The fewer men, the greater share of honour.

God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.

By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,

Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;

It yearns me not if men my garments wear;

Such outward things dwell not in my desires:

But if it be a sin to covet honour,

I am the most offending soul alive.


W. Shakespeare – Henry V



By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

2 replies on “William Shakespeare | Nếu ta sinh ra để chết, như giờ – If we are mark’d to die, we are enough (5)”

We don’t have to covet dignity
everyone has them all in his honor

everyone is allowed to
himself great
so mean
the death
is truly an insult

the more women the more
honor the women who give birth

the man must
to be subject to the woman
it is not good for anything else
than to serve her in everything

the woman must educate the man
so he for the honor
not wage wars against the enemy

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