IX. DE LA FLORIDA FALDA ...IX. OUT OF THE FLORID FOLD ...
Luis de Góngoratrans. Michael Smith
De la florida faldaOut of the florid fold
que hoy de perlas bordó la alba luciente,bright dawn fretted in pearls today,
tejidos en guirnaldainto a garland woven
traslado estos jazmines a tu frente, these jasmines on your head I lay;
que piden, con ser flores,although flowers, they seek
blanco a tus sienes y a tu boca olores.your forehead's white and your mouth's scent.
Guarda d'estos jazmines,A flying squad of honeybees,
de abejas era un escuadrón volante, these jasmines' sentry-guard;
ronco, sí, de clarines, their voice husky of clarions
mas de puntas armado de diamante; though with points of diamond armed;
púselas en huída,I forced them all to flee,
y cada flor me cuesta una herida.and each flower meant a wound to me.
Más, Clori, que he tejido More kisses I beg of you
jazmines al cabello desatado, than jasmines I wove in your strewn hair,
y más besos te pidoand more than the bees, Clori,
que abejas tuvo el escuadrón armado;that in the armoured squadrons were;
lisonjas son igualesour love's reciprocation is
servir yo en flores, pagar tú en panales.I court in flowers, you pay in honeycombs.

Trans. copyright © Michael Smith 1995 - publ. Anvil Press


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