No importa el idioma. Siempre el Hombre…

     "Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love."
 Reinhold Niebuhr

W. H. Auden (1907-73)

	That night when joy began
	Our narrowest veins to flush,
	We waited for the flash
	Of morning's levelled gun.

	But morning let us pass,
	And day by day relief
	Outgrows his nervous laugh,
	Grown credulous of peace,

	As mile by mile is seen
	No trespasser's reproach,
	And love's best glasses reach
	No fields but are his own.

			November 1931
	["Five Songs" II --Collected Poems (ed. Mendelson)]

James Joyce (1882-1941)

		I Hear an Army

	I hear an army charging upon the land,
	And the thunder of horses plunging; foam about their knees:
	Arrogant, in black armour,behind them stand,
	Disdaining the reins, with fluttering whips, the Charioteers.

	They cry into the night their battle name:
	I moan in sleep when I hear afar their whirling laughter.
	They cleave the gloom of dreams, a blinding flame,
	Clanging, clanging upon the heart as upon an anvil.

	They come shaking in triumph their long grey hair:
	They come out of the sea and run shouting by the shore.
	My heart, have you no wisdom thus to despair?
	My love, my love, my love, why have you left me alone?

	[Des Imagistes, 1914]

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

	    The Coming of Wisdom with Time

	Though leaves are many, the root is one;
	Through all the lying days of my youth
	I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
	Now I may wither into the truth.

	[(from The Green Helmet and Other Poems)

Li Qingzhao

	           Intoxicated Under the Shadow of Flowers

	      The Double Ninth Festival

  Light mists and heavy clouds,
		melancholy the long dreary day,
      In the golden censer   
		the burning incense is dying away.
      It is again time
		for the lovely Double Ninth festival;
       The coolness of midnight
	  penetrates my screen of shear silk
		and chills my pillow of jade.

  After drinking wine after twilight
		under the chrysanthemum hedge,
      My sleeves are perfumed
		by the faint fragrance of the plants.
      Oh, I cannot say it is not enchanting,
	Only, when the west wind stirs the curtain,
      I see that I am more gracile
			 than the yellow flowers.

		    (tr. Lucy Chow Ho)


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