by James Agee (1909 - 1955)
Translation © by José Miguel Llata

Sure on this shining night
Language: English 
Available translation(s): SPA
Sure on this shining night
Of starmade shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth.
Hearts all whole.

Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder
wandering far alone
Of shadows on the stars.

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  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , "Sin duda en esta brillante noche", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 56

Sin duda en esta brillante noche
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the English 
Sin duda en esta brillante noche
de estrellas, sombras alrededor, 
la bondad debe observarme
desde este lado de la tierra.

El último año reposa en el norte. 
Todo está sanado, todo es salud.
El pleno verano abraza la tierra,
los corazones todos.

Sin duda, en esta brillante noche 
lloro maravillado,
paseando a solas lejos
de las sombras en las estrellas.


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This text was added to the website: 2020-10-05
Line count: 12
Word count: 60