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Tennyson, Alfred Lord: The Miller's Daughter (detail)

Portre of Tennyson, Alfred Lord

The Miller's Daughter (detail) (English)

It is the miller's daughter,

And she is grown so dear, so dear,

That I would be the jewel

That trembles in her ear:

For hid in ringlets day and night,

I'd touch her neck so warm and white.


And I would be the girdle

About her dainty dainty waist,

And her heart would beat against me,

In sorrow and in rest:

And I should know if it beat right,

I'd clasp it round so close and tight.


And I would be the necklace,

And all day long to fall and rise

Upon her balmy bosom,

With her laughter or her sighs:

And I would lie so light, so light,

I scarce should be unclasp'd at night.

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La hija del molinero (Spanish)

Esa es la chica del molino

y tan linda, tan linda se hizo,

que quisiera yo ser el pendiente

que en la oreja le tiembla:

pues, oculto en sus bucles noche y día,

rozaría su cuello tibio y blanco.


Ser el cinto quisiera

de su talle tan fino, tan fino:

su corazón daría contra mí sus latidos,

dolorido o alegre;

si late como debe yo sabría,

abrazando su talle, muy apretado siempre.


Ser un collar quisiera

y así mecerme todo el día

en su seno aromado,

a una con su risa y sus suspiros :

y tan leve, tan leve allí estuviera,

que por la noche apenas me desabrocharía.

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