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February 19th, 200708:17 am




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To finish the Paris catacombes short article I posted prior to I include the threefirst strophes of that significant poem of Jorge manrique, to me the bestpoem never ever wrote in Spanish language around the death and the previous of time and also consumation of flesh.It is long for 40 strophes prefer this and, i m really sorry to be so proud of the (human self proudness and also well, as a river ns am for this reason fatuous as all us) ns loved find out it all simply by pleasure.The metaphore that the river were not brand-new but the use so clear and straight that made was a full novelty for its time; a total transformation in the poetry of the last Castillian center age. Ns hope you gain it and also don"t acquire too depressed.

Jorge Manrique

(1440-1479) Coplas por la muerte de su padre Recuerde el alma dormida, avive el seso y despiertecontemplandocómo se pasa la vida,cómo se viene la muerte tan callando,cuán presto se va el placer,cómo, después de acordado,da dolor;cómo, a nuestro parecer, cualquiera tiempo pasadofue mejor. Pues si vemos lo presentecómo en un punto se es idoy acabado, si juzgamos sabiamente,daremos lo no venidopor pasado.No se engañe nadie, no,pensando que ha de durar lo que espera,más que duró lo que vioporque todo ha de pasarpor tal manera. Nuestras vidas boy los ríos que van a dar en la mar,que es el morir;allí valve los señoríosderechos a se acabary consumir; allí los ríos caudales,allí los otros medianosy más chicos,y llegados, boy igualeslos que viven por sus manos y los ricos.English Translation: The Coplas top top the fatality of His Father, the Grand-Master of Santiago

The Introit

allow from that dream the soul awaken, and also reason mark with open up eyes The step unfolding,— exactly how lightly life far is taken, exactly how cometh fatality in stealthy guise,— At critical beholding;

What swiftness on foot the trip of satisfied That, as soon as attained, appears nothing an ext than respite cold; exactly how fain is storage to measure Each latter day inferior come those the old.

Beholding just how each prompt flies so swift, that, as we count, "tis gone beyond recover, permit us resolve to be more wise than stake ours future lot ~ above What shortly is over.

let none it is in self-deluding, none,— Imagining some much longer stay because that his very own treasure than what this day he watch undone; For whatever must happen away In equal measure.

Our lives are fated together the rivers the gather downward to the sea We know as Death; and also thither every flood delivers The pride and pomp of seigniory the forfeiteth;

Thither, the rivers in their splendor; Thither, the streams of modest worth,— The rills alongside them; Till there all same they surrender; and also so v those who toil ~ above earth, and also those who guide them.