José María Blanco White

José María Blanco y Crespo, alias Blanco-White (Sevilla 1775 - Liverpool 1841) cambió de religión dos veces y una de lengua literaria. Este soneto inglés goza de, dicen, merecida fama.

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Mysterious Night! When our first parent knew

thee, from report divine, and heard thy name,

did he not tremble for this lovely frame,

this glorious canopy of ligth and blue?

Yet, 'neath the curtain of translucent dew,

bathed in the rays of the great setting flame,

hesperus with the host of heaven, came,

and lo! Creation widened in man's view.

Who could have thought such darkness lay concealed

within thy beams, o Sun! Or who could find

whilst fly and leaf and insect stood revealed

that to such countless orbs thou mad'st us blind!

Why do we then shun death with anxious strife?

If light can thus deceive, wherefore not life?