“A Prayer for My Daughter” (5)

St Jerome, patron saint of translators, by Bellini

Saint Jerome, patron saint of translators, by Bellini

A Prayer for My Daughter by W. B. Yeats
(Spanish translation by James Mansfield Nichols)

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/14635/a-prayer-for-my-daughter

A Prayer for My Daughter (5)

In courtesy I’d have her chiefly learned;
Hearts are not had as a gift, but hearts are earned
By those that are not entirely beautiful.
Yet many, that have played the fool
For beauty’s very self, has charm made wise;
And many a poor man that has roved,
Loved and thought himself beloved,
From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.

Una Oración para mi Hija (5)

Quisiera que ella aprenda sobre todo la cortesía;
Los corazones no son regalados sino ganados
Por aquéllas que no sean del todo bellas.
A muchos que han hecho el tonto
Por la belleza en sí, la gracia ha hecho sabio.
Y tanto pobre hay que ha recorrido mundo,
Sentido amor y pensado que era amado,
Que de una bondad alegre no puede quitar la mirada.

[Copyright (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.]

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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