by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892)
Translation © by José Miguel Llata

Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): SPA
Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font:
The fire-fly wakens: waken thou with me.
Now droops the milk-white peacock like a ghost,
And like a ghost she glimmers on to me.
Now lies the earth all Danaë to the stars,
And all thy heart lies open unto me.
Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
A shining furrow, as thy thoughts in me.
Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake:
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip
Into my bosom and be lost in me.

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G. Holst sets lines 1-8

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Line count: 14
Word count: 114

Duerme ya el pétalo carmesí, también el...
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the English 
Duerme ya el pétalo carmesí, también el blanco.
No ondulan ya los cipreses en la senda del palacio
ni la aleta dorada brilla en la fuente de pórfido.
Despierta la luciérnaga. Despierta tú conmigo.
Ya repliega el lirio toda su dulzura
y se desliza en el seno del lago.
Así que repliégate tú, amor mío, 
deslízate en mi pecho, y piérdete en mí.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-10-05
Line count: 14
Word count: 69