ON REVISITING CINTRA AFTER THE DEATH OF CATARINA
by: Luis Vas de Camões
- PPAREL of
green woods and meadows gay;
- Clear and fresh waters innocent of stain,
- Wherein the field and grove are found again,
- As from high rocks ye take your downward way;
- And shaggy peaks, and ordered disarray
- Of crags abrupt, know that ye strive in vain,
- Till grief consent, to soothe the eye of pain,
- Shown the same scene that Pleasure did survey.
- Nor as erst seen am I beheld by you,
- Rejoiced no more by fields of pleasant green,
- Or lively runnels laughing as they dart;
- Sown be these fields with seed of ruth and rue,
- And wet with brine of welling tears, till seen
- Sere with the herb that suits the broken heart.
--Translated by Richard Garnett
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"On Revisiting Cintra after
the Death of Catarina" is reprinted from Hispanic Anthology:
Poems Translated from the Spanish by English and North American
Poets. Ed. Thomas Walsh. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1920.