by George Herbert (1593 - 1633)
Translation © by Mercedes Vivas

The call
Language: English 
Available translation(s): SPA
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
Such a Life, as killeth death.

Come, My Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a Light, as shows a feast:
Such a Feast, as mends in length:
Such a Strength, as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part:
Such a Heart, as joys in love.


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  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Mercedes Vivas) , title 1: "La llamada", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 83

La llamada
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the English 
Ven, mi camino, mi verdad, mi vida:
tal camino que nos da el aliento,
tal verdad que acaba con todo conflicto,
tal vida que mata a la muerte. 

Ven, mi luz, mi banquete, mi fortaleza:
tal luz que muestra un banquete
tal banquete que sacia para siempre:
tal fortaleza que nos hace su huésped. 

Ven, mi alegría, mi amor, mi corazón:
tal alegría que nadie puede desplazar
tal amor que nadie puede separasre
tal corazón que se alegra en el amor.


  • Translation from English to Spanish (Español) copyright © 2010 by Mercedes Vivas, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-03-16
Line count: 12
Word count: 81