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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Aspiration
By José Zorrilla y Moral (1817–1893)
 
Translation of Samuel Eliot

ALL insufficient to my heart’s true rest
  Is the deep murmur of a fountain pure,
Or the thick shade of trees in green leaves drest,
  Or a strong castle’s solitude secure.
 
Not to my pleasure ministers the cup        5
  Of Bacchic banquet, clamorous and free,
Nor cringing slaves, in miserable troop,
  Whose keys unlock no splendid treasury.
 
By God created, in his might I live;
  From Sovereign Spirit my soul’s breath I borrow;        10
To grow a giant—now a dwarf—I strive:
  I will not be to-day, to die to-morrow.
 
 
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