Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Camões - Jose Lopes

Among the great poets
You are the greatest still.
You were on a par with the prophets,
You knew how to love!
You are the mountain bird
Far from the clouds
Unfolding its flights
Far from the earth.
You are an eagle, a condor!

Of no compare is Homer’s fame
And Virgil’s song!
Camões, loftier and more sincere,
Had the sweetest music!
He was a poet with inspiration
His skill was exalted
No one was compared to him
No one can equal him!

Jose Lopes (1872 - 1962) Cape Verde
Translated by Luis R. Mitras
Source: Cape Verde: language, literature & music by University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

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