CLEAR HONOR OF THE LIQUID ELEMENT
by: Luis de Argote y Góngora
honor of the liquid element,
- Sweet rivulet of shining silver sheen!
- Whose waters steal along the meadows green,
- With gentle step and murmur of content!
- When she for whom I bear each fierce extreme,
- Beholds herself in thee,--then Love doth trace
- The snow and crimson of that lovely face
- In the soft gentle movement of thy stream.
- Then, smoothly flow as now, and set not free
- The crystal curb and undulating rain
- Which now thy current's headlong speed restrain;
- Lest broken and confused the image rest
- Of such rare charms on the deep-heaving breast
- Of him who holds and sways the trident of the seas.
--Translated by H.W. Longfellow
MORE POEMS BY LUIS DE ARGOTE Y GÓNGORA
"Clear Honor of the Liquid
Element" 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.