Posts tagged ‘irwin peter russell’

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Starting Again by Irwin Peter Russell

When you have laid your ghosts
Placated all the shades
Spilt wine upon the posts
Set honey in the glads

When you’ve confessed your sins
And been absolved from them
And a new life begins
Cleansed as it were from shame

Then will the shadows rear
Then fears like rats will gnaw
Then friends that were will jeer
More, evere, than before

Then utterly alone
Shut in your empty house
You’ll weep and gasp and groan
And long for even a mouse

To gaze with little eyes
Upon your suffering—
Diminutive and wise
He’ll come, though he knows nothing—
and you’ll sing, you’ll sing…


Date: 1963

By: Irwin Peter Russell (1921-2003)

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Sonnet (The Song of Birds) by Matteo Maria Boiardo

The song of birds which leaps from leaf to leaf,
The scented breeze that runs from flower to flower,
The shining dew that glitters in each bower,
Rejoice our sight and banish thoughts of grief.
It is because She holds all Nature in fief
Whose will is that the world shall live Love’s hour;
Sweet scents and songs – the Spring’s own magic power—
Each stream invade, each wind, each emerald sheaf.
Where’er She walks, She by her gaze enstarred
Brings warmth before due season in her arms;
Love’s kindled in her look and falls in showers;
At her sweet smile or at her sweet regard
The grass grows green and colours paint the flowers,
The sky is clear, the sea is locked in calms.

From: Lind, L. R. (ed.), Lyric Poetry of the Italian Renaissance: An Anthology with Verse Translations, 1964, Yale University Press: New Haven and London, p. 215.

Date: 15th century (original in Italian); 1951 (translation in English)

By: Matteo Maria Boiardo (1441-1494)

Translated by: Irwin Peter Russell (1921-2003)