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Songs

I
     Against the flowering mountain,
the wide sea surges.
The comb of my honeybees
has gathered grains of salt.

II
     Against the black water.
Scent of sea and jasmine.
Malaga night.

III
     Spring has come.
No one knows what has happened.

IV
     Spring has come.
White hallelujahs
from the brambles in flower!

V
     Full moon, full moon,
so pregnant, so round.
This serene March night,
honeycomb of light
carved by white bees!

VI
     Castile night;
the song is said,
or, better, unsaid.
When all sleep
I’ll go to the window.

VII
     Sing, sing in clear rhyme,
the almond’s green arm
and the river’s double willow.

     Sing of the mottled oak,
the branch the ax cut,
and the flower no one sees.

     Of the garden pear’s
white flower, the peach tree’s
rosy blossom.

     And this perfume
the wet wind plucked
from the blossoming beans.

VIII
     The fountain and the four
acacias aflower
in the plaza.
The sun burns no more.
Twilight bliss!
Sing, nightingale.
This is the hour
of my heart.

IX
     White lodge,
traveler’s cell,
with my shadow!

X
     The Roman waterway,
— sings a voice from my homeland —
and the love we have for each other,
little one, what strength!

XI
     With words of love
a bit of exaggeration
just feels right.

XII
     In Santo Domingo,
the high mass.
Even though they call me
heretic and Mason,
praying with you,
what devotion!

XIII
     Celebrations in the green pasture
— fife and drum.
With his flower-draped crook
and golden sandals a shepherd came.

     Down from the mountain I came,
only to dance with her;
to the mountain I’ll return.

     Among the bower
there is a nightingale;
it sings of night and of day,
it sings of the moon and the sun.

     Husky from song:
to the garden goes the girl
and a rose she will cut.

     Between the black oaks,
there is a fountain of stone,
and a clay pitcher
that is never full.

     By the oak wood,
with the white moon,
she will return.

XIV
     With you in Valonsadero,
Feast of San Juan,
morning in the Argentine plain,
on the other side of the sea.
Keep faith in me,
that I will return.

     Tomorrow I’ll be the wind upon the plain
and my heart itself will go
to the banks of the High Douro.

XV
     While you are dancing in a circle,
girls, sing:
The fields are already green,
April in his splendor has come.

     At the riverbank,
near the black oaks,
his silver sandals
we’ve seen shine.
The fields are already green,
April in his splendor has come.

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