A Cestinha De Costura

written by Antonio de Castro Alves

A Cestinha De Costura

— Antonio de Castro Alves

NíƒO Quero panteons não quero mármores
Não sonho a Eternidade fria, escura...
Minha glória ideal é o quente abrigo
De uma pequena cesta de costura.


í€ sombra dos terraços florescentes
Entorna a violeta a essência pura:
Flores d'alma recendem mais fragrí¢ncia
Numa pequena cesta de costura.


Batida pelos corvos da procela,
A pomba a era tí­mida procura:
Pousa minh'alma foragida as asas
Nesta pequena cesta de costura.


Astros que amais a espuma das cascatas!...
Orvalhos que adorais do lí­rio a alvura!
Dizei se há menos lí¢nguidos arminhos
Nesta pequena cesta de costura.


Nesse ninho de fitas e de rendas...
No perfume sutil da formosura...
Vão meus versos viver de aroma e risos
Entre as flores da cesta de costura.


E quando descuidada mergulhares
Esta mão pequenina, santa e pura,
Possam eles beijar teus ní­veos dedos
Escondidos na cesta de costura.

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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