Archive for September 15th, 2020

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Stanza by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza y Pacheco

That tree whose leaves are trembling
is yearning for something.

That tree so lovely to look at
acts as if it wants to give flowers:
it is yearning for something.

That tree so lovely to see
acts as if it wants to flower:
it is yearning for something.

It acts as if it wants to give flowers:
they are already showing; come out and look:
it is yearning for something.

It acts as if it wants to flower:
they are already showing; come out and see:
it is yearning for something.

They are already showing: come out and look.
Let the ladies come and pick the fruits:
it is yearning for something.

From: Florit, Eugenio (ed.), Introduction to Spanish Poetry: A Dual-Language Book, 1991, Dover Publications, Inc: New York, p. 13.
(https://archive.org/details/introductiontosp00flor/)

Date: 16th century (original in Spanish); 1964 (translation in English)

By: Diego Hurtado de Mendoza y Pacheco (1503-1575)

Translated by: Eugenio Florit y Sánchez de Fuentes (1903-1999)