Consolation by Jose M Heredia

How, idolatrated mine, when the agreeable night
To your arms lead me, moans sad and craving?
They are faded and dried up the roses of your face,
And in the tempestuous disorder tremulous your heart beats.
In vain with your smile you pretend, alas! To flatter me;
Sad and bitter smile that cannot fascinate me.
I am joyous and calm, when my lover hurts!
Oh, go away, if there were the vilest of the mortals.

No, idolatrated woman; with me your sorrows part,
And you will cry on my chest, and the
Crying will know how to alleviate you.
From this silenced moon
To the light kind and soft,
To the rustle of the leaves,
That slight zephyr strikes,
Of tender melancholy I feel my heart getting filled
And to hear the voice it seems of my maltreated father.

There has been a year that the cold sepulcher
Carried my sorrows, and my robust youth
Of which flower I felt wilted. Life fatigued me;
And when I saw the bony lady in front of me,
I wanted to abbreviate my pains,
And to her precipitate me.

Alas! If it were executed my criminal projects,
Nor enjoy your gaze, nor of your ineffable love.
Angel of Peace! Merciful God
Destined you to console me…
How to do my venture
To yours is not enough?
Leave, adored one, that the time
The impenetrable region
Of the future will discover us,
And to be anguished as you struggle.
From the turtledove you don’t hear
The lamentable murmur, that in the night
So clear and pure sweetly resounds in the air?
He orders love: come, dear,
In my loving arms enter
Forget in tender delirium cares and sorrows.

Consolation by Jose M Heredia


Lawndale, United States

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my own translation from Spanish of a love poem by the 2nd most famous poet from Cuba, died 1839

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