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Whale

By: Richard Wilbur

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About This Title

Marked by the characteristic virtuosity of one of this country's most distinguished poets and collected in a single volume for the first time, these translations include selections from Beowulf and The Middle English Bestiary, as well as poems by Baudelaire, Char, Akhmatova, Yevtushenko, Brodksy and Bandeira.  A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Richard Wilbur's many awards include the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.  


Song

- Vinicius de Moraes


Never take her away,
The daughter whom you gave me,
The gentle, moist, untroubled
Small daughter whom you gave me;
O let her heavenly babbling
Beset me and enslave me.
Don't take her; let her stay,
Beset my heart, and win me,
That I may put away
The firstborn child within me,
That cold, petrific, dry
Daughter whom death once gave,
Whose life is a long cry
For milk she may not have,
And who, in the night-time, calls me
In the saddest voice that can be
Father, Father, and tells me
Of the love she feels for me.
Don't let her go away,
Her whom you gave -- my daughter --
Lest I should come to favor T
hat wilder one, that other
Who does not leave me ever.


© BOA Editions, Ltd 1982

Available editions:
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Cloth ISBN: 0-918526-32-9
Price: $18.00
Publishing Date: January 1982
Paperback ISBN: 0-918526-33-7
Price: $10.00
Publishing Date: January 1982