Verse > Henry Wadsworth Longfellow > Complete Poetical Works
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
Appendix
II. Unacknowledged and Uncollected Translations.
Ideal Beauty
 
By Hernando de Herrera

O LIGHT serene! present in him who breathes
  That love divine, which kindles yet restrains
  The high-born soul—that in its mortal chains
  Heavenward aspires for love’s immortal wreaths!
Rich golden locks, within whose clustered curls        5
  Celestial and eternal treasures lie!
  A voice that breathes angelic harmony
  Among bright coral and unspotted pearls!
What marvellous beauty! Of the high estate
  Of immortality, within this light        10
  Transparent veil of flesh, a glimpse is given;
And in the glorious form, I contemplate,
  (Although its brightness blinds my feeble sight,)
  The immortal still I seek and follow on to Heaven!
 
 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors