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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
To the Tragedian Rossi
By José-Maria de Heredia (1842–1905)
 
Translation of Maurice Francis Egan

TRAILING thy mantle black, I’ve seen thee break,
  O Rossi, weak Ophelia’s saddened heart,
  And, as the love-mad Moorish tiger, start
Strangling the sobs thy victim could not wake;
I Lear, Macbeth have seen, and seen thee take        5
  The last cold kiss in love’s supremest part
  Of older Italy;—high flights of art!—
Yet greater triumphs have I seen thee make:
For I did taste of joy and woe sublime
When I did hear thee speak the triple rhyme,—        10
  In voice of gold you rang its iron knell;
And red, in reflex of the infernal fire,
My very soul moved by deep horror dire
  Saw Alighieri, living, chant of hell!
 
 
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