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Exercises Level 3: Juana de Ibarbourou

  Juana de Ibarbourou, La higuera (The Fig Tree)




  La higuera (The Fig Tree)
Author: Juana de Ibarbourou (neé Juana Fernández Morales)
born in Melo (Uruguay) 1895
died in Montevideo 1979, married with Lucas Ibarbourou, whose name she used

Spanish  Text
English Text
 
La higuera
 
The Fig Tree

Porque es áspera y fea,
porque todas sus ramas son grises
yo le tengo piedad a la higuera.
En mi quinta hay cien árboles bellos:
ciruelos redondos,
limoneros rectos
y naranjos de brotes lustrosos.
En las primaveras
todos ellos se cubren de flores
en torno a la higuera.
Y la pobre parece tan triste
con sus gajos torcidos, que nunca
de apretados capullos se viste.
Por eso,
cada vez que yo paso a su lado
digo, procurando
hacer dulce y alegre mi acento:
«Es la higuera el más bello
de los árboles todos del huerto.»
Si ella escucha,
si comprende el idioma en que hablo,
¡qué dulzura tan honda hará nido
en su alma sensible de árbol!
Y tal vez, a la noche,
cuando el viento abanique su copa,
embriagada de gozo le cuente:
-¡Hoy a mí me dijeron hermosa!

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Why is it harsh and ugly,
why are all the branches grey,
I feel sorry for the fig tree.
On my manor there are hundred beautiful trees:
round plum trees,
straight lemon trees,
orange trees with shiny blossoms.
In spring time
they all are covered with flowers
around the fig tree.
Only the poor one seems forlorn
with its twisted branches that are never
dressed in buds.
Therefore
every time I pass it
I say, trying
to give a soft tone to my voice:
"It is the most beautiful fig tree
among all the trees in the garden".
If it listens
If it understands the tongue I am speaking,
what a sweet grace will nestle
in its sensitive soul of the tree!
And, may be at night,
when the wind is fanning its crown,
drunk with joy it may tell:
Today they told me I am beautiful!

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vocabulary  
  áspero = harsh
  la rama = branch, twig
  la higuera = fig tree
  la quinta = manor
  el árbol = tree
  el ciruelo = plum tree
  el limonero = lemon tree
  el naranjo = orange tree
  lustroso = shiny, brilliant
  cubrir = to cover
  la flor = flower
  el gajo = (broken) twig, branch
  torcido = twisted
  nunca = never
  el capullo = bud
  vestirse = to dress
  pasar = to pass
  el lado = side
  procurar = to try
  dulce = sweet, graceful
  alegre = glad, happy
  el huerto = orchard
  el idioma = language , tongue
  la dulzura = sweetness, grace
  hondo = deep
  el nido = nest
  el alma = soul
  abanicar = to fan
  la copa = cup, crown (of a tree)
  embriagado = drunk
  el gozo = joy
  hermoso = beautiful
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