Capricho

written by Antonio de Castro Alves

Capricho

— Antonio de Castro Alves

Ai! quando
Brando
Vai o vento
Lento


í€ lua
Nua
Perpassar sutil;


E a estrela
Vela,
E sobr'a linfa
A ninfa
Suspira
Mira
O divinal perfil;


Num leito
Feito
De cheirosas
Rosas,
Risonhos
Sonhos
Sonh aremos nós;


Revoltos,
Soltos
Os cabelos
Belos,
Vivace
A face,
Tremulante a voz


Cantos
E prantos
Que suspira
A lira,
A alfombra,
í€ sombra,
Encontrarei pra ti;


Celuta,
Escuta
De meu seio
O enleio...
Vem, linda,
Ainda
Há solidíµes aqui.

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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