EYES SO TRISTFUL
by: Diego de Saldaña
(Late fifteenth century)
- YES so tristful,
eyes so tristful,
- Heart so full of care and cumber,
- I was lapped in rest and slumber,
- Ye have made me wakeful, wistful!
- In this life of labor endless
- Who shall comfort my distresses?
- Querulous my soul and friendless
- In its sorrow shuns caresses.
- Ye have made me, ye have made me
- Querulous of you, that care not,
- Eyes so tristful, yet I dare not
- Say to what ye have betrayed me.
--Translated by H.W. Longfellow
POEMS BY DIEGO DE SALDAÑA
"Eyes So Tristful" 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.