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Bernardim Ribeiro

In the face of so much change

In the face of so much change,
what can I be sure of?
Rather dubious hopes,
certain misadventure.

I wave on these disillusions
in my long, useless illusion.
Time and age have given me
a different set of concerns.

I’m tired of change.
I prefer a pain that’s secure.
Vain hopes are for those
unaware of what they risk.

In the face of so much change

Antre tamanhas mudanças
que cousa terei segura
duvidosas esperanças
tão certa desaventura

Venham estes desenganos
do meu longo engano e vão
que já os tempos e os anos
outros cuidados me dão

Já não sou para mudanças
mais quero uma dor segura
vá crer as vãs esperanças
quem não sabe o que em aventura
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In the face of so much change

In the face of so much change,
what can I be sure of?
Rather dubious hopes,
certain misadventure.

I wave on these disillusions
in my long, useless illusion.
Time and age have given me
a different set of concerns.

I’m tired of change.
I prefer a pain that’s secure.
Vain hopes are for those
unaware of what they risk.

In the face of so much change

In the face of so much change,
what can I be sure of?
Rather dubious hopes,
certain misadventure.

I wave on these disillusions
in my long, useless illusion.
Time and age have given me
a different set of concerns.

I’m tired of change.
I prefer a pain that’s secure.
Vain hopes are for those
unaware of what they risk.
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Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Literature Translation Institute of Korea
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