A Um Coração

written by Antonio de Castro Alves

A Um Coração

— Antonio de Castro Alves

Ai! Pobre coração! Assim vazio
E frio
Sem guardar a lembrança de um amor!
Nada em teus seio os dias hão deixado!...
í‰ fado?
Nem relí­quias de um sonho encantador?


Não frio coração! í‰ que na terra
Ninguém te abriu... Nada teu seio encerra!
O vácuo apenas queres tu conter!
Não te faltam suspiros delirantes,
nem lágrimas de afeto verdadeiro...
í‰ que nem mesmo â€" o oceano inteiro â€"
Poderia te encher!...

About the poet


Antonio de Castro Alves

Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves was a Brazilian poet and playwright, famous for his abolitionist and republican poems. One of the most famous poets of the "Condorism", he won the epithet of "O Poeta dos Escravos" ("Slaves' Poet"). He is the patron of the 7th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. Alves was born in the town of Curralinho (rechristened "Castro Alves" in his honor in 1900), in the Brazilian State of Bahia, to Antônio José Alves, a medician, and Clélia Brasília da Silva Castro, one of the daughters of José Antônio da Silva Castro (a.k.a. "Periquitão", Portuguese for "Big Parakeet"), a proeminent fighter in the 1821–23 Siege of Salvador. In 1853, he was...

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