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The First Solitude (lines 453-465)


After so many frustrated astronomic omens,
so much doctrine of the sea
even below the zone nearest
to the sun, overwhelming calms and shipwrecks,
at last you kissed the kingdoms of Aurora
whose purple breasts pure as pearls,
    whose secret mines
guard for you today their most precious setting;
you enter the aromatic forest
that for the bird of Arabia—whose flight
    is a winged arch of sky
    not curved, but long, reaching—
builds a funeral pyre and constructs a nest.


Soledad Primera (lineas 453-465)


Tantos luego astronómicos presagios
frustrados, tanta náutica doctrina,
debajo aun de la zona más vecina
al Sol, calmas vencidas y naufragios,
los reinos de la Aurora al fin besaste,
cuyos purpúreos senos perlas netas,
   cuyas minas secretas
hoy te guardan su más precioso engaste;
la aromática selva penetraste,
que al pájaro de Arabia—cuyo vuelo
   arco alado es del cielo,
   no corvo, mas tendido—
pira le erige, y le construye nido.