Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 14, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: The Earth is Sleeping

by Maironis (1862 – 1932).

 

The Earth is Sleeping

 

The earth is sleeping. Yet the sky

With its bright silver eyes is gleaming.

The wings of slumber rustling by

Can’t lull a youthful heart to dreaming.

 

The night won’t lull the star to sleep.                           5

The heart won’t cease to crave for blessings.

Who knows for what the soul can seek

When it is lost in reminiscence?

 

A glowing sunrise golden-dressed

Will dim away the night-time sparklers.                     10

Alas, the heart will never rest,

No ray of hope will pierce its darkness…

 

Translated by Lionginas Pažūsis

 

Notes:

http://academic.csuohio.edu/clevelandhistory/culturalgardens/Gardens/Lithuanian/maironis.htm

http://www.efn.org/~valdas/maironis.html

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