Category Archives: 19th Century

Pondal: A Celtic Bard in Spain

At the hour the sweet morning star Begins to soften and melt, His well-horned mountain goats Trotting along in front, Temenday the Celtic shepherd comes Returning to his sweet fold Alone and singing through the broom Of Xallas, decked with … Continue reading

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Three Poems About the Mountains

How quick the implacable axe felled to the ground oaks and holm oaks and by the light of darling dawn how bald appears the mountain crest! Where yesterday coppice and wood were rustic thick, enveloped in sweet mystery when mists … Continue reading

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Álvaro Cunqueiro- Rosalía de Castro

Now this something no more is of this world rose fountain perfume plum or glass Now that it no longer is you remembered this woodland so sad in its birdless dawn or how so early  you fled a damp pipe … Continue reading

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Iglesia Alvariño- Rosalía de Castro

      Rosalía de Castro Oh, the long rain! A dream of grass atop the bridge -Hill peaks, night peaks and many little children. -Turn white, happy white mill, happy spout. -What dreams are the still waters of your eyes … Continue reading

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Saudade, Sebastianismo: Portugal

What do Titanic, hobbits, Gandalf and fourth-century Galician heresies have in common: could it be Saudade? Continue reading

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Curros Enríquez- The Virgin of the Crystal- Part X

X Readers, if you set aside the labours of your life And go for a walk through the valley of Vilanova, Enter respectfully, enter quietly, The beautiful chapel of the Crystal Virgin. If you are down on your luck and … Continue reading

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Curros Enríquez- The Virgin of the Crystal- Part IX

IX In the morning of the following day On the mountain of Soutoverde, On the crest above Vilanova, There was no space for more people. Everyone there was astonished, Children, men, women, And staring open-mouthed At a trembling something. On … Continue reading

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Curros Enríquez- The Virgin of the Crystal- Part VIII

VIII At this Rosa withdrew From the window of the building Leaving unlucky Martiño Thunder-struck in the street. Pale, sombre, astonished, As cold as marble Without even blinking Nailed to the spot. Then a jesting laugh Came to his ears … Continue reading

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Curros Enríquez- The Virgin of the Crystal Part VII

VII One blue August night Like a present from summer Vilanova dos Infantes Is all a buzz and uproar. Never did mysterious moonlight Pour such a silvery light, Nor willows in the breezes Spread out such fragrant odours. Through the … Continue reading

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Curros Enríquez- The Virgin of the Crystal Part VI

VI If the tradition I follow does not lie From the past scenes to the following day In the morning, Sitting in the shade of the willows sewing In the valley of Vilanova watching her cattle Is Rosiña. Unaware of … Continue reading

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