Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

 

Volverán las oscuras golondrinas

en tu balcón sus nidos a colgar,

y, otra vez, con el ala a sus cristales

jugando llamarán;

 

pero aquéllas que el vuelo refrenaban            

tu hermosura y mi dicha al contemplar,

aquéllas que aprendieron nuestros nombres...

ésas... ¡no volverán!

 

Volverán las tupidas madreselvas

de tu jardín las tapias a escalar,

y otra vez a la tarde, aun más hermosas,

sus flores se abrirán;

 

pero aquéllas, cuajadas de rocío,

cuyas gotas mirábamos temblar

y caer, como lágrimas del día...

ésas... ¡no volverán!

 

Volverán del amor en tus oídos

las palabras ardientes a sonar;

tu corazón, de su profundo sueño

tal vez despertará;

 

pero mudo y absorto y de rodillas,

como se adora a Dios ante su altar,

como yo te he querido..., desengáñate:

¡así no te querrán! 

 

The darkling swallows will come again

Upon your balcony to hang their nests, 

And once more their wings brush your windows

As they playfully call;

 

But those that lingered in their flight

Your beauty and my gladness to behold, 

The ones that learned our names:

Those will come back no more!

 

The entwining honeysuckle will come again

Upon the walls of your garden to climb,

And once more at evening, lovelier still,

Their buds will open;

 

But those that hung studded with dew,

Whose drops we watched tremble

And fall, like tears of the day:

Those will come back no more!

 

Upon your ears there will fall again

The sound of burning words of love;

Your heart then, from its slumber deep,

Perhaps will wake;

 

But mute, enraptured, kneeling,

As God before His altar is adored,

As I loved you....be not deceived:

You will be loved no more!

 

Writing orchestra music to poetry is very much my preferred method to sharpen my skills for writing opera, which remains my primary goal and focus as a composer. I have found that selecting poetry in other languages aside from my native tongue, (English), greatly improves my objectivity as a composer, a quality which has begun to impress me more and more as an artist concerned with productivity and efficiency. I admit my primary purpose in posting this is to begin to introduce myself as a writer. However, I have no qualms about criticism directed towards me.  

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