Impromptu by Bulhão Pato

Why does this weakened front
Decline, while the afternoon is breathing?
Why in this numb look does
Your naïf soul exhale?

Why? alas! why? say;
That if love of this pursuit,
Voilà; in my breast it’s cloaked;
It lives, it’s yours, this is its fate!

You’ll see then how brilliant,
It leads astray, takes life, inspires,
This your beautiful appearance,
That on this day can be admired by all!

 

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Porque languida essa frente
Descai, quando a tarde espira?
Porque nesse olhar dormente
Tua alma ingenua suspira?

Porque? ai! porque? responde;
Que se amor do ceo procura,
Eil-o; em meu peito se esconde;
Vive, é teu, tens a ventura!

Verás como então brilhante,
Seduz, toma vida, inspira,
Esse teu bello semblante,
Que apenas hoje se admira!

 

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Álvaro Bulhão Pato (1840 – 1936) was a writer in the Romantic tradition, as well as a politician in his native Portugal.