by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620)
Translation © by Javier Conte-Grand

It fell on a sommers day
Language: English 
Available translation(s): SPA
It fell on a sommers day,
While sweete Bessie sleeping laie
In her bowre, on her bed,
Light with curtaines shadowed,
Iamy came: shee him spies,
Opning halfe her heauie eyes.

Iamy stole in through the dore,
She lay slumbring as before;
Softly to her he drew neere,
She heard him, yet would not heare,
Bessie vow'd not to speake,
He resolu'd that dumpe to breake.

First a soft kisse he doth take,
She lay still, and would not wake;
Then his hands learn'd to woo,
She dreamp't not what he would doo,
But still slept, while he smild
To see loue by sleepe beguild.

Iamy then began to play,
Bessie as one buried lay,
Gladly still through this sleight
Deceiu'd in her owne deceit,
And since this traunce begoon,
She sleepes eu'rie afternoone.


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  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Javier Conte-Grand) , title 1: "Ocurrió un día de verano", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2007-11-16
Line count: 24
Word count: 134

Ocurrió un día de verano
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the English 
Ocurrió un día de verano 
mientras Bessy durmiendo yacía,
En su alcoba, sobre su cama, 
las cortinas oscurecían la claridad.
Jamie llegó, ella lo espía entreabriendo 
sus pesados párpados.
Jamie se deslizó a través de la puerta,
ella yacía dormitando como antes,
Suavemente hacia ella se acercó; 
ella lo escuchó, pero fingió no escuchar.
Bessy se juró no hablar; 
él decidió romper tal juramento.
Primero un suave beso le roba;
ella yace inmóvil sin despertar,
Luego sus manos descubren como cortejarla; 
ella no sueña con lo que él haría;
Y así siguió adormecida mientras él reía, al ver 
al amor engañado por el sueño.
Jamie luego comenzó a jugar; 
Bessy seguía reposando como en otro mundo,
Y engañada por su propio engaño, 
aún alegre por esta picardía,
Desde que este juego 
comenzó ella duerme todas las tardes.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-05-04
Line count: 24
Word count: 137