by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928)
Translation © by Alfredo García

The Ivy‑Wife
Language: English 
Available translation(s): SPA
I longed to love a full-boughed beech
  And be as high as he:
I stretched an arm within his reach,
  And signalled unity.
But with his drip he forced a breach,
  And tried to poison me.
I gave the grasp of partnership
  To one of other race -	
A plane: he barked him strip by strip
  From upper bough to base;
And me therewith; for gone my grip,
  My arms could not enlace.
In new affection next I strove
  To coll an ash I saw,
And he in trust received my love;
  Till with my soft green claw
I cramped and bound him as I wove...
  Such was my love: ha-ha!
By this I gained his strength and height
  Without his rivalry.
But in my triumph I lost sight
  Of afterhaps. Soon he,
Being bark-bound, flagged, snapped, fell outright,
  And in his fall felled me!


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  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alfredo García) , title 1: "La esposa hiedra", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website: 2004-06-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:07
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La esposa hiedra
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the English 
 Deseaba yo el amor de un haya frondosa
 y ser tan alta como ella:
 extendí un brazo a su lado,
 y señalé la unión.
 Pero con sus gotas abrió una brecha,
 e intentó envenenarme.

 Abracé como compañero
 a uno de otra especie -
 Un plátano: él lo descortezó tira a tira
 desde la rama más alta hasta la base;
 y a mí con él; pues perdido el agarre,
 mis brazos no podían enroscarse.

 Con renovado amor me esforcé después
 por asirme a un fresno que vi,
 y él, confiado, aceptó mi amor;
 hasta que con mi suave y verde garra
 le apreté y le rodeé mientras trepaba
 Tal era mi amor: ¡ja!

 Así conseguí su fuerza y su altura
 sin su rivalidad.
 pero en mi triunfo perdí de vista
 lo que vendría después. Pronto él,
 ceñido por la corteza, se debilitó, se quebró y cayó,
 ¡y en su caída me derribó!


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Text added to the website: 2004-06-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:07
Line count: 24
Word count: 152