NO SON TODO RUISEÑORES ... NOT ALL SWEET NIGHTINGALES ...
Luis de Góngora trans. John Bowring
No son todo ruiseñores
los que cantan entre las flores,
sino campanillas de plata,
que tocan al alba,
sino trompeticas de oro,
que hacen la salva
a los soles que adoro.

No todas las voces ledas
son de sirenas con plumas,
cuyas húmidas espumas
son las verdes alamedas.
Si suspendido te quedas
a los suaves clamores,
no son todo ruiseñores
los que cantan entre las flores,
sino campanillas de plata,
que tocan al alba,
sino trompeticas de oro,
que hacen la salva
a los soles que adoro.

Lo artificioso que admira,
y lo dulce que consuela,
no es de aquel violín que vuela
ni de esotra inquieta lira;
otro instrumento es quien tira
de los sentidos mejores:
no son todo ruiseñores
los que cantan entre las flores,
sino campanillas de plata,
que tocan al alba,
sino trompeticas de oro,
que hacen la salva
a los soles que adoro.



They are not all sweet nightingales
That fill with songs the flowery vales;
But they are little silver bells,
Touched by the winds in the smiling dells;
Magic bells of gold in the grove,
Forming a chorus for her I love.


Think not the voices in the air
Are from the wingéd Sirens fair,
Playing among the dewy trees
Chanting their morning mysteries;
Oh! if you listen, delighted there,
To their music scattered o'er the dales,
They are not all sweet nightingales
That fill with songs the flowery vales;
But they are little silver bells,
Touched by the winds in the smiling dells;
Magic bells of gold in the grove,
Forming a chorus for her I love.


Oh! 'twas a lovely song - of art
To charm - of nature to touch the heart;
Sure 'twas some shepherd's pipe, which played
By passion fills the forest shade;
No! 'tis music's diviner part
Which o'er the yielding spirit prevails.
They are not all sweet nightingales
That fill with songs the flowery vales;
But they are little silver bells,
Touched by the winds in the smiling dells;
Magic bells of gold in the grove,
Forming a chorus for her I love.

............
............




next
index
translator's next