(poem of the day) At the Catafalque of King Philip II in Seville by Cervantes

Best known for Don Quixote.

At the Catafalque of King Philip II in Seville

Miguel de Cervantes

I swear to God such grandeur frightens me.
I’d pay good money to describe it well;
for whom would this great structure, all this wealth,
not hold in wonder with its awesome spell?

By Christ alive, each part of it is worth
more than a million; isn’t it a shame
that it won’t last a century — Great Seville! —
triumphant Rome in zeal and noble fame.

I’ll bet the very soul of this here corpse
just to enjoy this spot today has quit
that heaven where he endlessly resides.

A braggart overheard these words and said:
“Oh, Mr. soldier, what you say is true.
And anyone who says it’s not, he lies.”

And then, quite suddenly,
he checked his sword with care, pulled down his hat,
he looked away, moved on, and that was that.

About Cervantes

About Cervantes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


3 thoughts on “(poem of the day) At the Catafalque of King Philip II in Seville by Cervantes

  1. Matt Heckler says:

    This is the first time I’ve ever read anything by Miguel de Cervantes. I’d like to eventually read “Don Quixote” but I’m put off by the size of it– I generally have trouble staying interested in a book any longer than 400-500 pages, though occasionally can manage it. I want to read Ulysses soonl…

  2. Judith Post says:

    This was fun. Love the pictures you attach to your poems and posts. Especially this one.

  3. yeltnuh says:

    Having a(nother) day of the dizzies, so I apologize if my comments are garbled. Cervantes is great, but it’s true, these classic writers need a lot of one’s attention. Don Quixote is hilarious and as the first novel, worth at least an acquaintance. Kinda like Tristram Shandy the first time: you get laughing and forget what’s going on, so you re-read and then you start laughing again. note: requires twisted sense of humour for full effect. 🙂

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