viernes, 6 de mayo de 2011

Isle of Innisfree

I've heard some folks who say that I'm a dreamer
And I've no doubt there's truth in what they say
But sure a body's bound to be a dreamer
When all the things he loves are far away
And precious things are dreams unto an exile
they take him o'er a land across the sea
Especially when it happens you're and exile
from that dear lovely Isle of  Innisfree.

And when the moonlight peeps across the rooftops
 of this great city, wondrous though it be
I scarcely feel it's wonder or it's laughter
I'm once again back home in Innisfree

I wonder o'er green hills, through dreamy valleys
And find a peace no other land could know
I hear the birds make music fit for angels
And watch the rivers laughing as they flow.

But dreams don't last though dreams are not forgotten
And soon I'm back to stern reality
But though they pave the footpaths here with gold dust
I still would choose my Isle of Innisfree.

Richard Farrelly

martes, 3 de mayo de 2011

Ti onte, mañán eu

retrato de la poetisa gallega Rosalía de castro en blanco y negro
    Caín tan baixo, tan baixo,
 que a luz onda min non vai;
 perdín de vista as estrelas
 e vivo na escuridá.

   Mais, agarda... ¡o que te riches
 insensibre ó meu afán!
 Inda estou vivo... inda podo
 subir para me vingar.

   Tirá pedras ó caído,
 tiraille anque sea un cento;
 tirá... que, cando caiades,
 hanvos de face-lo mesmo.

                                Rosalía de Castro - Follas Novas

domingo, 1 de mayo de 2011

The Mountains of Mourne

Oh, Mary, this London's a wonderful sight
With people here working by day and by night
They don't sow potatoes, nor barley nor wheat
But there' gangs of them digging for gold in the streets
At least when I asked them that's what I was told
So I just took a hand at this diggin' for gold
But for all that I found there I might as well be
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.

I believe that when writin' a wish you expressed
As to how the fine ladies in London were dressed
Well, if you believe me, when asked to a ball
Faith, they don't wear no top to their dresses at all.
Oh, I've seen them myself and you could not in trath
Say if they were bound for a ball or a bath
Don't be startin' them fashions now, Mary Macree,
Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.

I've seen England's king from the top of a bus
And I've never known him, but he means to know us.
And tho' by the Saxon we once were oppressed,
Still I cheered, God forgive me, I cheered with the rest.
And now that he's visited Erin's green shore
We'll be much better friends than we've been heretofore
When we've got all we want, we're as quiet as can be
Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.

You remember young Peter O'Loughlin, of course
Well, now he is here at the head of the force
I met him today, I was crossing the Strand
And he stopped the whole street with a wave of his hand
And there we stood talkin' of days that are gone
While the whole population of London looked on
But for all these great powers he's wishful like me
To be back where the dark Mourne sweeps down to the sea.

There's beautiful girls here, oh, never you mind
With beautiful shapes nature never designed
And lovely complexions all roses and cream
But O'Loughlin remarked with regard to the same
That if at those roses you venture to sip
The colours might all come away on your lip
So I'll wait for the wild rose that's waitin' for me
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.

William Percy French, 1854-1920
Melody - W. Houston Collisson