Anthology · Classic · Collection · Generation of '27 · Modernism · Poetry · Spanish Culture · Spanish Literature

Federico García Lorca

Ditty of First Desire

  In the green morning
I wanted to be a heart.
A heart.

  And in the ripe evening
I wanted to be a nightingale.
A nightingale.

  (Soul,
turn orange-colored.
Soul,
turn the color of love.)

  In the vivid morning
I wanted to be myself.
A heart.

  And at the evening’s end
I wanted to be my voice.
A nightingale.

  Soul,
turn orange-colored.
Soul,
turn the color of love.

Federico García Lorca, Selected Verse, Songs, 1921-1924. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition January 31, 1996)

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