by Manuel Bandeira (1886 - 1968)
Translation © by Mirna Rubim

A estrela
Language: Portuguese (Português) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Vi uma estrela tão alta.
Vi uma estrela tão fria!
Vi uma estrela luzindo
Na minha vida vazia.

Era uma estrela tão alta.
Era uma estrela tão fria!
Era uma estrela sozinha
Luzindo no fim do dia.

Por que da sua distância
Para a minha companhia
Não baixava aquela estrela?
Por que tão alta luzia?

E ouvi-a na sombra funda
Responder que assim fazia
Para dar uma esperança
Mais triste ao fim do meu dia.

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  • ENG English (Mirna Rubim) , "The Star", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:20
Line count: 16
Word count: 75

The Star
Language: English  after the Portuguese (Português) 
I saw a so high star
I saw a so cold star
I saw a shining star
In my empty life.

It was a so high star
It was a so cold star
It was a lonely star
Shining in the end of the day.

Why that so distant star 
Didn't come down 
To make me company?
Why did it shine so high?

And I listen to it in the deep shadow
Answering that it behaved this way
In order to give a sadder hope
To the end of my day.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:20
Line count: 16
Word count: 91