segunda-feira, 6 de março de 2017

THE LADY OF SHALOTT / A SENHORA DE SHALOTT, de Alfred Tennyson





Part I



On either side the river lie

Long fields of barley and of rye,

That clothe the wold and meet the sky;

And through the field the road runs by

To many-towered Camelot;

And up and down the people go,

Gazing where the lilies blow

Round an island there below,

The island of Shalott.



Willows whiten, aspens quiver,

Little breezes dusk and shiver

Through the wave that runs for ever

By the island in the river

Flowing down to Camelot.

Four grey walls, and four grey towers,

Overlook a space of flowers,

And the silent isle imbowers

The Lady of Shalott.



By the margin, willow-veiled,

Slide the heavy barges trailed

By slow horses; and unhailed

The shallop flitteth silken-sailed

Skimming down to Camelot:

But who hath seen her wave her hand?

Or at the casement seen her stand?

Or is she known in all the land,

The Lady of Shalott?



Only reapers, reaping early

In among the bearded barley,

Hear a song that echoes cheerly

From the river winding clearly,

Down to towered Camelot:

And by the moon the reaper weary,

Piling sheaves in uplands airy,

Listening, whispers "‘Tis the fairy

Lady of Shalott.”



Part II



There she weaves by night and day

A magic web with colours gay.

She has heard a whisper say,

A curse is on her if she stay

To look down to Camelot.

She knows not what the curse may be,

And so she weaveth steadily,

And little other care hath she,

The Lady of Shalott.



And moving through a mirror clear

That hangs before her all the year,

Shadows of the world appear.

There she sees the highway near

Winding down to Camelot:

There the river eddy whirls,

And there the surly village-churls,

And the red cloaks of market girls,

Pass onward from Shalott.



Sometimes a troop of damsels glad,

An abbot on an ambling pad,

Sometimes a curly shepherd-lad,

Or long-haired page in crimson clad,

Goes by to towered Camelot;

And sometimes through the mirror blue

The knights come riding two and two:

She hath no loyal knight and true,

The Lady of Shalott.



But in her web she still delights

To weave the mirror’s magic sights,

For often through the silent nights

A funeral, with plumes and lights

And music, went to Camelot:

Or when the moon was overhead,

Came two young lovers lately wed;

“I am half sick of shadows," said

The Lady of Shalott.



Part III



A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,

He rode between the barley-sheaves,

The sun came dazzling through the leaves,

And flamed upon the brazen greaves

Of bold Sir Lancelot.

A red-cross knight for ever kneeled

To a lady in his shield,

That sparkled on the yellow field,

Beside remote Shalott.



The gemmy bridle glittered free,

Like to some branch of stars we see

Hung in the golden Galaxy.

The bridle bells rang merrily

As he rode down to Camelot:

And from his blazoned baldric slung

A mighty silver bugle hung,

And as he rode his armour rung,

Beside remote Shalott.



All in the blue unclouded weather

Thick-jewelled shone the saddle-leather,

The helmet and the helmet-feather

Burned like one burning flame together,

As he rode down to Camelot.

As often through the purple night,

Below the starry clusters bright,

Some bearded meteor, trailing light,

Moves over still Shalott.



His broad clear brow in sunlight glowed;

On burnished hooves his war-horse trode;

From underneath his helmet flowed

His coal-black curls as on he rode,

As he rode down to Camelot.

From the bank and from the river

He flashed into the crystal mirror,

“Tirra lirra," by the river

Sang Sir Lancelot.



She left the web, she left the loom,

She made three paces through the room,

She saw the water-lily bloom,

She saw the helmet and the plume,

She looked down to Camelot.

Out flew the web and floated wide;

The mirror cracked from side to side;

“The curse is come upon me," cried

The Lady of Shalott.



Part IV



In the stormy east-wind straining,

The pale yellow woods were waning,

The broad stream in his banks complaining,

Heavily the low sky raining

Over towered Camelot;

Down she came and found a boat

Beneath a willow left afloat,

And round about the prow she wrote

The Lady of Shalott.



And down the river’s dim expanse,

Like some bold seër in a trance

Seeing all his own mischance--

With a glassy countenance

Did she look to Camelot.

And at the closing of the day

She loosed the chain, and down she lay;

The broad stream bore her far away,

The Lady of Shalott.



Lying, robed in snowy white

That loosely flew to left and right--

The leaves upon her falling light--

Through the noises of the night

She floated down to Camelot:

And as the boat-head wound along

The willowy hills and fields among,

They heard her singing her last song,

The Lady of Shalott.



Heard a carol, mournful, holy,

Chanted loudly, chanted lowly,

Till her blood was frozen slowly,

And her eyes were darkened wholly,

Turned to towered Camelot.

For ere she reached upon the tide

The first house by the water-side,

Singing in her song she died,

The Lady of Shalott.



Under tower and balcony,

By garden-wall and gallery,

A gleaming shape she floated by,

Dead-pale between the houses high,

Silent into Camelot.

Out upon the wharfs they came,

Knight and burgher, lord and dame,

And round the prow they read her name,

The Lady of Shalott.



Who is this? and what is here?

And in the lighted palace near

Died the sound of royal cheer;

And they crossed themselves for fear,

All the knights at Camelot:

But Lancelot mused a little space;

He said, “She has a lovely face;

God in his mercy lend her grace,

The Lady of Shalott.”





Tradução de Renata Cordeiro:





De ambos os lados do rio há

Grandes campos de cevada e de centeio

Que cobrem a planície e alcançam o céu

E em meio ao campo há uma estrada

Para a Camelot de muitas torres

As pessoas vão para cima e para baixo

Contemplando os lírios que flutuam

Há uma ilha mais abaixo

A ilha de Shalott



Salgueiros embranquecem álamos tremem

Ligeiras brisas crepúsculo e calafrio

As águas correm eternamente

Pela ilha no rio

Que desemboca em Camelot

Quatro paredes cinzentas e quatro torres cinzentas

Num espaço de flores

A ilha silenciosa cobre com sombras

Lady de Shalott



Só há camponeses que trabalham cedo

Por entre a cevada a ser ceifada

Ecoa a suave canção alegremente

Que vem do rio onde venta

Até a elevada Camelot

E ao luar o ceifeiro cansado

Empilhando maços em grandes amontoados

Escuta e sussurra "esta é fada"

Lady de Shalott



Na torre ela tece dia e noite

Uma teia mágica com cores vistosas

Mas ouve um sussurro que diz

Que a maldição cairá sobre ela se continuar

Olhando para baixo, para Camelot

Não sabe que a maldição é essa

E assim tece continuamente

E pouco cuidado tem ela

Lady de Shalott



Mirando-se num espelho cristalino

Que fica à sua frente o ano todo

Sombras do mundo aparecem

Através do espelho ela vê a estrada

Vê o vento soprar sobre Camelot

E às vezes através do espelho

Vê os cavaleiros trotarem aos pares

Ela não tem cavaleiro leal e verdadeiro

Lady de Shalott



Mesmo tecendo ela contempla

As mágicas visões do espelho

Muitas vezes pelas noites silenciosas

Vê um funeral com pompas e luzes

E a música volta-se para Camelot

E quando a Lua brilha no alto

Dois jovens amantes enfim se casam

"Estou meio farta de sombras" diz

Lady de Shalott



Vê da sua torre numa disparada

Um cavalo entre os maços de cevada

O sol arde ofuscando as folhas

E queima as canelas despudoradas

Do ousado Sir Lancelot



É um cavaleiro que eternamente se ajoelha

Para uma senhora em seu escudo,

Que brilha no campo amarelo

Ao lado da remota Shalott



Seus olhos claros brilharam à luz do sol

Com cascos polidos seu cavalo de guerra trilhou

Debaixo do elmo esvoaçavam da cor do carvão

Seus cachos negros enquanto cavalgava

À medida que ia para Camelot

Na margem do rio

Ele apareceu no espelho cristalino

"Tirra lirra"

Cantou Sir Lancelot

Ela parou de tecer largou o tear

Deu três passos pelo quarto

Viu o lírio na água florescer

Viu o elmo e a plumagem

E se voltou para Camelot

Voou o tear flutuando ao longe

O espelho se quebrou ao meio

"A maldição caiu sobre mim"

Chorou Lady de Shalott



O tempestuoso vento leste uivava

Os bosques amarelos empalideciam

Nas margens do rio as ondas se revolviam

Do céu desabou a chuva fortemente

Sobre a dominada Camelot

Ela desceu e encontrou um barco

Debaixo de um flutuante salgueiro partido

E na proa deixou escrito

Lady de Shalott



Descendo o extenso e turvo rio

Como algum vidente em transe

Vendo toda a sua miséria

Com o rosto paralisado

Ela olhou para Camelot

E ao fim do dia

Soltou as correntes e se deitou

O amplo rio levou para longe

Lady de Shalott



Ouvindo um hino pesaroso sagrado

Muito alto cantou com voz humilde

E o sangue começou a congelar

Os seus olhos ficaram escuros

Voltados para a elevada Camelot

Antes que com a maré alcançasse

A primeira casa da costa

Ainda cantando morreu

Lady de Shalott



Sob a torre e a sacada

Do muro do jardim e do balcão

Qual vulto cintilante ela flutuou

Pálida morta entre altas casas

O silêncio pairou em Camelot

Ao distante cais todos acorreram

Cavaleiro e burguês lorde e dama

E em volta da proa o seu nome leram

"Lady de Shalott"



Quem é esta? O que faz aqui?

Ali perto ficava o palácio iluminado

E nele cessou o som da real celebração

Os bravos homens tiveram medo

Todos os Cavaleiros de Camelot

Mas Lancelot refletiu por um tempo

E disse "que rosto lindo!

Deus misericordioso, abençoai

Lady de Shalott!"





(Ilustração: John William Waterhouse - Lady of Shalott)



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