Poetry of Kansas

Translations

The Rose And The Tomb
 
(Victor Hugo)
 
The tomb said to the rose:
"With the tears of the dawn from
        above
    What doest thou, flower of love?"
 
The rose to the tomb answering
        said:
"What make you of the souls that
        are fled
    To thy gulf ever gaping and
        dread."
 
Said the rose to the cold somber
        tomb:
"From these tears I distill in the
        gloom
    Rare honey and amber perfume."
 
Said the tomb: "O thou blossom
        of sighs,
 
A German Love Song
 
(Original by Frau von Hillern)
 
Upon the rose, upon the rose,
    Still my heart is hanging,
And when you come beneath the
        rose,
    There you'll find it clinging.
 
Many fruits the fruit trees yield,
    So pleasant and so fair,
And yet methinks no other tree,
    Such fruit as this can bear.
 
O sweetheart, haste and pluck it
        down,
    Nor leave it hanging thither,
For soon beneath the burning sun
    'Twill perish, waste and wither.

Japanese

(The following were adapted from the
Japanese with the help of M. T. Yamamoto.)

National Anthem

Dynasty of Emperors shall last
    While a thousand generations
        shall glide,
'Til eight thousand sons have
        passed
    Shall the Son of Heaven's house
        abide,
'Til the pebble grows a mighty rock
    Which the mosses cover o'er and
        hide.

Wisteria

By Basho
 
I come, in the falling gloom,
Weary, seeking an inn,
Sad as thy purple robe,
O thou wisteria bloom!

Love

By M. T. Yamamoto
 
Ideal love is like a star
High and pure, but O so far,
Shining o'er my dreams of you!
Lo, our earthly loves are dew!

Morning Glories

(By Chiyo, a well-known lady poet.)
 
For thy dear sake, sweet flower of
        the dawn,
    Asagaho, the morning glory vine,
My drink shall from a neighbor's
        font be drawn,
    About my well-rope, lo thy ten-
        drils twine!

The High Winds of Home
Elizabeth N. Barr
(Olathe: privately published. 1922)
Pages 42-45

 
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