We present this work in honor of the 210th anniversary of the poet’s death.
Now through the outward court swift speeds the knight ; Within the second from his steed descends; Along the third his pace majestic bends: Where’er he enters, dazzled by his sight, The guards make way, — his gait, his dress, his air, A nuptial guest of highest rank declare. Now he advances towards an ebon gate, Where with drawn swords twelve Moors gigantic wait, And piecemeal hack the wretch who steps unbidden there. But the bold gesture and imperial mien Of Huon, as he opes the lofty door, Drive back the swords that crossed his path before, And at his entrance flamed with lightning sheen. At once, with rushing noise, the valves unfold: High throbs the bosom of our hero bold, When, locked behind him, harsh the portals bray : Through gardens decked with columns leads the way, Where towered a gate incased with plates of massy gold. There a large forecourt held a various race Of slaves, a hapless race, sad harem slaves, Who die of thirst ‘mid joy ‘s o’erflowing waves ! And when a man, whom emir honors grace, Swells in his state before their hollow eye, Breathless they bend, with looks that seem to die, Beneath the weight of servitude oppressed ; Bow down, with folded arms across the breast, Nor dare look up to mark the pomp that glitters by.
I did not want to feel at home of what importance was the town my family were driven from how could I still have thought it mine I have four children why should I expend my love on stones and trees of what signiﬁcance were these to have such power over me
As stones and trees absorb the weather so these had stored my childhood days and from a million surfaces gave back my father and my mother my presence there was dialogue how could I have refused to answer when my own crippled childhood broke from streets and hillsides like a dancer
When your kiss hovers on my lips, And each of my nerves trembles, When your cheek lies hot on my cheek, And your breast clings to mine, Ha! who can say then exactly what I feel, And maybe this is a deep sin, My fearful soul calls often with a shudder, And yet with passionate lingering My mouth stays glowing at your lips, Hotter grows my cheek, instead of fleeing I press you drunkenly more firmly to my breast, Oh what holds me more strongly—Do you know, by best one?