Um Mancebo No Jogo Se Descora

written by Álvares de Azevedo

Um Mancebo No Jogo Se Descora

— Álvares de Azevedo

Um mancebo no jogo se descora,
Outro bêbedo passa noite e dia,
Um tolo pela valsa viveria,
Um passeia a cavalo, outro namora.

Um outro que uma sina má devora
Faz das vidas alheias zombaria,
Outro toma rapé, um outro espia...
Quantos moços perdidos vejo agora!

Oh! não proíbam, pois, no meu retiro
Do pensamento ao merencório luto
A fumaça gentil por que suspiro.

Numa fumaça o canto d'alma escuto...
Um aroma balsâmico respiro,
Oh! deixai-me fumar o meu charuto!

About the poet


Álvares de Azevedo

Manuel Antônio Álvares de Azevedo was a Brazilian Romantic poet, short story writer, playwright and essayist. Adept of what was called in Brazil "Ultra-Romanticism", his work is characterized by heavy dualism and morbidity, what gave him the epithet of "the Brazilian Lord Byron". He is the patron of the second chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, and of the ninth chair of the Paulista Academy of Letters. Biography Azevedo was born into a wealthy family in São Paulo City, on September 12, 1831. Son of Law student Inácio Manuel Álvares de Azevedo and Maria Luísa Azevedo (née Mota), a popular belief says that he was born in the library of the Faculdade de Direito da Universidade...

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