Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 18, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: Los Tres Reyes Magos

 

by Ruben Dario (1867 – 1916).

Los Tres Reyes Magos (The Three Wise Kings)

My name is Kaspar. I the incense bear.
The glamour of the Star has made me wise.
I say that love is vaster than the skies.
And God exists. And Life is pure and fair.
 
-My name is Melchior. And my myrrh scents all.                     5
There is God. He is the light of morn.
The fairest blossoms from the dust are born,
And joy is shadowed by a threatful pall.
 
-My name is Balthasar. I bring a wreath
Of Orient gold, my gift. I come to say                                      10
That God exists. I know all by the ray
Of starry light upon the crown of Death.
 
-Balthasar, Melchior, Kaspar, be ye still.
Love triumphs and has bid you to his feast.
Radiance has filled the void, the night has ceased:              15
Wearing Life’s crown, Christ comes to work His Will!
 
(Translated by Salomon de la Selva)
 
Notes:
http://www.vianica.com/go/specials/10-ruben-dario.html
http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Dario.html

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