The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Friday, September 15, 2006

Nostalgia


Dame La Mano
por
Gabriela Mistral

Dame la mano y danzaremos;
dame la mano y me amarás.
Como una sola flor seremos
como una flor, y nada más.

El mismo verso cantaremos,
al mismo paso bailarás.
Como un espiga ondularemos,
como una espiga, y nada más.

Te llamas Rosa y yo Esperanza;
pero tu nombre olvidarás,
porque seremos una danza
en la colina, y nada más.



(Give me your hand and we shall dance,
Give me your hand and you will love me.
Like a single flower we shall be,
Like a single flower, and nothing else...

The same verse we shall sing,
The same step you will dance.
Like a grain of wheat we shall sway,
Like a grain of wheat, and nothing else.

Your name is Rose and mine Hope;
But your own name you will forget,
Because we shall become one dance
On the hill, and nothing else.)

6 Comments:

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

It's a pity most of you don't know Spanish....

Gabriela Mistral is the pseudonym for Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga, the greatest Chilean poet of the twentieth century (Yes, I see you over there, Neruda!). She was a devout Catholic and spiritual searcher. Her life was lined with tragedy and loss, but her poems are her way of breaking out of the darkness and into the light. Her poems are very soft, very motherly, and very pleasing to the ear. You should learn Spanish JUST to read her.

 
At 3:05 PM, Blogger The Ochlophobist said...

Beautiful. Thank you. The breadth of your interests is refreshing to read.

 
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