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Oscar Wilde: Requiescat, vertaling Cornelis W. Schoneveld

Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900)

 

Requiescat

 

Tread lightly, she is near

Under the snow,

Speak gently, she can hear

The daisies grow.

 

All her bright golden hair

Tarnished with rust,

She that was young and fair

Fallen to dust.

 

Lily-like, white as snow,

She hardly knew

She was a woman, so

Sweetly she grew.

 

Coffin-board, heavy stone,

Lie on her breast,

I vex my heart alone

She is at rest.

 

Peace, Peace, she cannot hear

Lyre or sonnet,

All my life’s buried here,

Heap earth upon it.

 

Avignon


 

Oscar Wilde

Dat zij rusten mag

 

Stap zachtjes, zij is dichtbij,

Sneeuw ligt op haar,

Spreek teer, reeds groeit – hoort zij –

‘t Meizoentje daar.

 

Zij, nog zo jong, gezond

Daalde tot stof,

Lokken zo glanzend blond

Dor nu en dof.

 

‘n Lelie gelijk, sneeuwwit,

Ging haar voorbij

‘t Vrouw-zijn als haar bezit,

Zo zoet werd zij.

 

Kistdeksel, zware steen,

Drukken op haar,

Ik terg mijn hart alleen

Zij rust nu daar.

 

Zij hoort ode noch lier,

Stil nu, O stop,

Heel mijn leven ligt hier,

Schep aarde er op.

 

Vertaling Cornelis W. Schoneveld

Oscar Wilde: Requiescat

Dit gedicht herdenkt Wilde’s 3 jaar jongere zusje Isola die stierf in de winter van 1867 toen Oscar 12 jaar oud was. Wilde bezocht Avignon op zijn reis naar Italië in 1875.

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