OUR SOVEREIGN KING
by: Felipe Pardo (1806-1886)
- BIT of topsy-turvy artifice
- Goes wandering like a monarch through our streets,
- A whiskey-soaked, be-daggered king that meets
- To riot for whatever cause there is;
- A wayward autocrat, whose services
- To earth seem but the deadly plagues he heats;
- A potentate of such ignoble feats
- As nailed the Saviour to that cross of His.
- A sultan whom no bond of law restrains,
- From whose injustices there is no appeal;
- A king anoint with Satan's sulphur stains,
- A red and white and black-faced Czar, whose heel
- America, our continent, profanes,--
- And called "The Sovereign People"--for his pains.
--Translated by Thomas Walsh
POEMS BY FELIPE PARDO
"Our Sovereign King" 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.