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Encantamiento (1922)


Este niño es un encanto
parecido al fino viento:
si dormido lo amamanto,
que me bebe yo no siento.
Es más travieso que el río
y más suave que la loma:
es mejor el hijo mío
que este mundo al que se asoma.
Es más rico, más, mi niño
que la tierra y que los cielos:
en mi pecho tiene armiño
y en mi canto terciopelos...
Y es su cuerpo tan pequeño
como el grano de mi trigo;
menos pesa que su sueño;
no se ve y está conmigo.


This boy is charming
like a delicate wind.
If he sleeps I feed him,
When he drinks I cannot feel it.
He is naughtier than the river
And softer than its bank:
My son is better
Than the world into which he comes.
My child is much, much sweeter
Than the earth and the heavens:
On my breast he has ermine
And in my singing, velvet…
And his body is so small
As a grain of my wheat;
Lighter than his sleep;
Unseen and with me.


Carlos Guastivino, one of the foremost Argentine composers of the 20th century, produced over 500 works in his lifetime, mostly for piano and voice.

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Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, known by her pseudonym Gabriela Mistral, was a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and humanist. In 1945 she was the first Latin American author to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature.

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