To Peace, by Jose M Heredia

Peace, adorable Peace, daughter of heaven,
Mother of venture, of tranquility and love;
Why from the sad soil filled up with bitterness
Disregards and evades the clamors?
Listen to them, divine Peace,
And you come over to calm our sorrows.

To the miserable Anahuac covered with blood,
Horror and mourning from Mars devastated the crude hand,
Behind him vindictive comes misery…
Cruel fruit that Discord leaves man insane?

Come, Peace, to console us,
And from its horrendous yoke to liberate us.
Mars, cruel deity, I hate you,
Our pains and sorrows you’re most gratifying
Pleasure will always do.

Why did destiny break the heavy chains?
With which Alous the son represses you?
If captive you would last
Not to the orb in furor you would torment.
Bellowing irate, and goes ahead ferocious
Meditating revenge the insatiable and barbarous warrior.

And to close out the family tree
Goes spilling mourning, and to the funerary showing
Of the crude steel the virgin beautiful women to
Her mothers they embraced fearfully.
To our happiness your fury follows;
You make fear rule…
It does not rule only Peace the sad mourning;
Abundance follows it, shows the happy man…

Come oh divine Peace! Would it be that heaven
Its revenge prevents, and there at the summit
Empiro detains you?
Listen then to my votes… But, oh Venture!
The terror dissipated that which fatal cloud wrapped us,
Covered with luck the earth is;
A night of horror followed a beautiful day;
Wiping the crying, and resounding all over festive songs.

Peace comes descending from heaven
In a luminous car; with noble air from it seated beside it,
The horses following, a generous hero
The Anahuac brings it without luck.
Apodaca is its name:
How many, hymns without end
To such a great man!

To Peace, by Jose M Heredia


Lawndale, United States

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my own translation from Spanish of a poem by the 2nd most famous poet from Cuba, died 1839, mentions Mars as the god of war and the South American Indians.

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