GUSTAVO ADOLFO BÉCQUER: In the Towering Nave of a Byzantine Temple
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(from the Spanish of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer)
In the towering nave of a Byzantine temple,
by the light filtering down through
the stained-glass windows,
I saw a Gothic tomb:
a beautiful woman lying on a granite bed,
a miracle of carved stone,
her hands on her breast
and in her hands a book.
Beneath the sweet weight of her limp body,
the bed of stone was creased
just as if it really were made
of feathers and satin
and her face retained the radiance
of that last smile
as the sky preserves
the last fleeting ray of a dying sun.
Two angels, their fingers to their lips,
sat on the edge of her stone pillow
imposing silence on all
within the railed enclosure.
She did not seem dead;
she seemed to sleep
in the shadow of those massy arches,
and in her…
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