Bulgarian

Two versions contributed by Alexander Shurbanov 

He comments on the meanings of "светъл", transliterated "svetal", back-translated with "fair":

The basic meaning of the word used in both translations (svetal) is "bright", "light-coloured", of "light complexion"; but it can also metaphorically suggest "spiritual purity" - thus the word comes very close to the English "fair", though the two cannot be said to coincide completely: the meaning of "just", for instance, is not there at all in the Bulgarian word, though, as I have suggested, that of "virtuous", 'pure of soul" can be present. 



Valeri Petrov (Sofia, 1973):

Щом „светла доблест” казва се навред,

съвсем е светъл черният ви зет!

 

(Shtom “svetla doblest” kazva se navred,

savsem e svetal cherniyat vi zet!)

 

If “fair valour” is the universal phrase,

your black son-in-law is absolutely fair!



Alexander Shurbanov (still unpublished):

 

но зет ви с чистата си добродетел

не е тъй черен, колкото е светъл.

 

(no zet vi s chistata si dobrodetel

ne e tay cheren, kolkoto e svetal.)

 

but your son-in-law with his pure virtue

is not as black as he is fair.*



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