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Mar Portugues

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mar Portugues

Fernando Pessoa

O mar salgado, quanto do teu sal
Sao lagrimas de Portugal!
Por te cruzarmos, quantas maes choraram,
Quantos filhos em vao rezaram!
Quantas noivas ficaram por casar
Para que fosses nosso, o mar!

Valeu a pena? Tudo vale a pena
Se a alma nao e pequena.
Quem quer passar alem da dor.
Deus ao mar o perigo e o abismo deu,
Mas nele e que espelhou o ceu.

Portuguese Sea

Oh salty sea, so much of your salt
Is tears of Portugal!
Because we crossed you, so many mothers wept,
So many sons prayed in vain!
So many brides remained unmarried
That you might be ours, oh sea!

Was it worthwhile? All is worthwhile
When the spirit is not small.
He who wants to go beyond the Cape
Has to go beyond pain.
God to the sea peril and abyss has given
But it was in it that He mirrored heaven.

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