Last night as I was sleeping – Antonio Machado

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Last Night As I Was Sleeping
Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt – marvellous error!-
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I never drunk?
Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt- marvelous error!-
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt – marvelous error!-
that a fiery sun was giving
light inside my heart.
It was fiery because I felt
warmth as from a hearth,
and sun because it gave light
and brought tears to my eyes.
Last night as I slept,
I dreamt – marvelous error!-
that it was God I had
here inside my heart.
———–Antonio Machado
(version by Robert Bly from the book “Ten Poems to Change Your Life” by Roger Housden)

Last night while I was sleeping
I dreamed – blessed illusion!-
I had a beehive
inside my heart,
and from my old bitterness
the gold bees
were contriving white combs
and sweet honey.

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