by Joan Maragall i Gorina (1860 - 1911)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Els núvols de Nadal
Language: Catalan (Català) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Els núvols de Nadal no sé què tenen 
que són manyacs: no posen 
gens de malícia al cel: 
pel blau puríssim dolçament s’estenen, 
a la llum de la posta suaus s’encenen 
i de nit deixen veure algun estel. 

És una de les coses més alegres 
veure entre núvols els estels brillar. 
Tenebres de Nadal, no sou tenebres; 
més hi veig en vosaltres que no en el dia clar. 

Ai, nit que vas passant silenciosa; 
ai, núvols blancs que entre els estels correu; 
ai, llum, que no ets enlloc misteriosa; 
ai, portal de Betlem, que ets tot arreu! 


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  • ENG English (Salvador Pila) , "The clouds at Christmas", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2020-10-13
Line count: 14
Word count: 97

The clouds at Christmas
Language: English  after the Catalan (Català) 
I do not know what makes the clouds
at Christmas gentle: they bestow
no malice to the sky:
in the purest blueness they sweetly spread,
softly at dusk they light up
and at night they let a star be seen.

It is one of the most joyful things,
to see the stars shine amidst the clouds.
Christmas dusk, you are not somber;
I see more in you that on a clear day.

Oh, night you are silently passing;
oh, white clouds that move by the stars;
oh, light that nowhere is mysterious;
oh, portal of Bethlehem, you are everywhere!

If you wish to give me more joy
tell me of cloudy Christmases,
and you will see me as a dreamy child
who laughs at what he sees with eyes shut.


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This text was added to the website: 2020-10-14
Line count: 18
Word count: 130