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Anoche / Last Night

Dreamed circa 1899?-1906? (no later than '07) by Antonio Machado

Anoche cuando dormía
soñé, ¡bendita ilusión!,
que una fontana fluía
dentro de mi corazón.
Di, ¿por qué acequia escondida,
agua, vienes hasta mí,
manantial de nueva vida
de donde nunca bebí?

Anoche cuando dormía
soñé, ¡bendita ilusión!,
que una colmena tenía
dentro de mi corazón;
y las doradas abejas
iban fabricando en él,
con las amarguras viejas,
blanca cera y dulce miel.

Anoche cuando dormía
soñé, ¡bendita ilusión!,
que un ardiente sol lucía
dentro de mi corazón.
Era ardiente porque daba
calores de rojo hogar,
y era sol porque alumbraba
y porque hacía llorar.

Anoche cuando dormía
soñé, ¡bendita ilusión!,
que era Dios lo que tenía
dentro de mi corazón.

Last night, as I slept,
I dreamt--illusion blessed!--
that a spring welled up
here inside my heart.
I said "Water, by what hidden
channel do you find me,
you source of new life
I had never sipped?"

Last night, as I slept,
I dreamt--illusion blessed!--
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
Inside, bees of gold
were turning all my old
bitterness to white
wax and honey sweet.

Last night, as I slept,
I dreamt--illusion blessed!--
that a fiery sun shone
here inside my heart.
It was fiery, for it gave
the warmth of a red hearth,
and sun, for it gave such
brilliance that I wept.

Last night, as I slept,
I dreamt--illusion blessed!--
it was God who built a nest
here inside my heart.


First published in Humorismos, Fantasías, Apuntes... (1899-1907).
Translation: Chris Wayan



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